SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger’s office says required payments by the state are putting it on pace to rack up a $5 billion deficit.

Munger’s office said Tuesday it doesn’t have enough money to write timely checks to service providers even on court-ordered payments.

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The comptroller writes Illinois’ checks but has been hamstrung because Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers are deadlocked on a budget.

Munger spokesman Rich Carter says the Republican is managing the cash shortage and paying nonprofits first.

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One consent decree involves 10,000 developmentally disabled residents who live in community homes or larger facilities. A federal judge ordered a payment by Aug. 21 but the state couldn’t pay it all.

Barry Taylor of Equip for Equality represents some of the groups. He says they’re evaluating legal options.

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