SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As Illinois enters its eighth month without a state budget due to an impasse between its Republican governor and Democratic-led Legislature, a trove of email and documents shows the strain it’s having on state agencies and the places they do business.
In the capital Springfield, alone, the state has been cut off by stores selling cleaning supplies, hardware, carpeting and electrical supplies, among other things.
The documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show debts ranging from a $28 water-and-sewer bill at the historic 19th Century Mt. Pulaski Courthouse to $4.8 million that Illinois owes Michigan for a health care partnership. Many businesses have gone months without payment.
Catherine Kelly, a spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner, says Rauner is frustrated but hopes to work with Democrats on a solution.