(Springfield, IL) — It now appears it’s a question of “how long,” not “if,” when it comes to a state government shutdown because of the budget impasse. Governor Rauner told state workers today he thinks there’s a way they can continue to get paid, even if there’s no budget agreement, but Attorney General Lisa Madigan disagrees. The union representing the largest number of state workers is prepared to go to court to avoid a payless payday, but as for government operations, it’s not clear which functions will continue and which won’t after the end of the fiscal year at midnight. Rauner insists the reforms that have him deadlocked with lawmakers will improve the state, even if a shutdown is necessary in the meantime.
David Stewart/jab IL) IN) WI) TN)
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