Lack of state budget impacting transportation needs and health services

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ALTON, IL (KTVI) – The end of Illinois's financial year is Thursday and the state still does not have a budget for the next year. As a consequence some social service agencies are closing down programs and refusing to renew contracts for service to Illinois residents.

Cornerstone, a human services and healthcare agency, is closing a transitional group home for mentally ill adults which it operates in Alton. Places have been found for the current clients however the cost may exceed what the state paid for the group home.

Construction projects across the state funded through IDOT will also be shut down by Friday unless a new budget for the 2017 fiscal year or a six month stopgap budget is approved. Lawmakers return to work in Springfield Wednesday but there is no indication they can complete a budget by Friday.

The political battle between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democratic controlled state legislature continues. Democratic state Senator Bill Haine of Alton said of Rauner "he has created the stalemate. If he truly believes there is $6 billion dollars in waste, he can sign the budget and then withhold money from the wasteful programs."

Governor Rauner complains Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan are threatening to “holdup the entire funding process and the budget process for a bailout of the Chicago Public Schools.  Let me be clear: that is wrong, that is unfair.”

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