CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. judge has cited Illinois’ efforts in recent days to make court-ordered payments to social-service providers in deciding not to hold the state in contempt.

Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman ruled at a Tuesday hearing in Chicago focused on services for the disabled. Coleman raised the prospect of a contempt finding last week after Illinois missed a deadline for certain payments as the state budget standoff continues.

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A plaintiffs’ attorney, Barry Taylor, told Coleman that Illinois is now “making a good-faith effort.” But he and other attorneys also said court pressure had worked.

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Coleman says she’ll entertain another contempt motion if the state falters again on payments.

State lawyers said in a Friday filing they face competing legal obligations. They said meeting payment deadlines shouldn’t mean “doing the impossible.”

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