CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials will be in Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday seeking guidance on what bills the state must pay without spending authority.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked a judge to clarify what state government is obligated to pay even though lawmakers and the governor have not approved a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.READ MORE: Alphonso Joyner, 23, Charged With Shooting And Killing 71-Year-Old Woom Sing Tse In Broad Daylight In Chinatown
Without appropriation power, the comptroller is likely limited to pay only crucial bills — debt service, federal-program participation fees, payments required by court orders.READ MORE: Booster Shot Clinic Being Held At Dirksen Federal Courthouse Starting Friday
Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger wants the judge to decree that all state employees fit into that category. That’s based on a 2009 court order during another budget impasse.
Democrat Madigan says that and an earlier court order indicate that only pay limited to federal minimum wage is allowed.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Warmup Ahead
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