It has been nearly a month since the the new fiscal year began, and Illinois still remains without an operating budget. The state Senate sent Governor Bruce Rauner a temporary spending plan two weeks ago, but that went unsigned. Rauner had claimed previously that he wouldn’t sign a short-term budget.
The lack of budget has led to uncertainty about a number of issues, including pay for state workers, availability of services, and funding for local governments. One of those issues at least seems close to a resolution though, as an Illinois appeals court has ruled that the comptroller’s office can still pay state employees even without a budget in place.