The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Joe For America
It is no suprise to most, that the state of Illinois has been struggling for some time now to pay its bills. Currently, Illinois faces over $15 billion in backlogged bills. The state hasn’t had a budget in the last three years. This is soon going to cause a ratings downgrade to junk – FIRST EVER in US STATE HISTORY!
Recently a judge ruled that the state is violating consent decrees and previous orders, and instructed the state to achieve “substantial compliance with consent decrees”, further pressuring its financial situation.
In a last attempt to resolve the ongoing budget impasse, Illinois Gov. Rauner ordered lawmakers to return for a special session this week, but the two sides still seem far apart. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner ordered the special session starting Monday, as the backlog of unpaid bills reaches $15.1 billion.
Gov. Rauner is urging everyone “to get serious and get…post was originally published on this site