Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger predicts additional "hardship" for the state if the budget impasse continues.
Starting July 1, higher education scholarships, 911 call centers and lottery payouts will again go unfunded if a budget deal is not reached, according to Munger. The comptroller implored legislators to move quickly as her office will soon lose the ability to write checks, which could lead to a firestorm of lawsuits.
Lawmakers ended the spring session without passing a budget bill for the current fiscal year, let alone the next, which begins July 1. On Wednesday, Gov. Bruce Rauner stated he would not call legislators back to Springfield for a special session, saying he would be "wasting time" in doing so. He said lawmakers should instead work on a stopgap bill that would allocate funds for another academic year and pay for social services.
On Tuesday, former governor Jim Edgar urged Rauner and Illinois House Speak Mike Madigan to "compromise" and "deal with the budget," adding that Rauner's controversial Turnaround Agenda is "the biggest obstacle."