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FY16 Budget Crisis
Budget stalemate continues in Springfield. As the State of Illinois entered the fourth week of the new fiscal year without a balanced budget in place, the Democrat majority again refused to negotiate in good faith and instead continued their piece-meal approach to the budget crisis.

State Employee Pay Update
Illinois state workers’ paychecks go out as court fight continues. Comptroller Leslie Munger forged ahead with plans to send out full paychecks to state workers Wednesday, despite an ongoing court battle over whether public employees can be paid while state government operates without a budget.

SPRINGFIELD - Just in time for the 42nd Annual Chatham Sweet Corn Festival, Governor Rauner today signed legislation designating sweet corn as the official state vegetable of Illinois. The bill was sponsored in the House by State Rep. Raymond Poe (R-Springfield) and State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) in the Senate. It was brought about through the efforts of the 4th grade students at Chatham Elementary School.

Continuing Appropriation for State Workers
Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer introduces bill to ensure State workers get paid.  HB 4245 designates pay for State workers as a “continuing appropriation,” a category that legally outranks the lack of a formal State budget.   Enactment of HB 4245 would ensure that State and public university employees would be paid on July 15 and succeeding pay periods throughout FY16. 

FY16 Budget Crisis
Governor Rauner, Republicans fight to prevent Illinois government shutdown.  Without a budget in place for the new Fiscal Year 2016 (which began on July 1), there is a possibility that paychecks could be delayed for approximately 65,000 state employees starting July 15.

Governor Rauner and his staff are examining their legal options.  The governor stated on Monday that “Our lawyers are working hard to ensure that all employees will be paid on their scheduled pay dates.”  Speaker Michael Madigan and Attorney General Lisa Madigan continued to assert that paychecks may well be delayed and parts of Illinois’ government shut down. 

The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) has put together some information for state employees with questions relating to the current budget stalemate. The State of Illinois is operating without a state budget in place for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins today. The information below is courtesy of CMS.