U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has been through government shutdowns, and he’s warning both state lawmakers and the governor to avoid that possibility as the budget battle continues.
Durbin isn’t placing the blaming on either Gov. Bruce Rauner or the Democratic legislative leaders for the lack of a budget with a week to go in the current fiscal year. Having served in Congress through 3 major federal shutdowns, Durbin warns allowing something similar to happen on the state level would be “a disaster.”
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“I hope people who are involved in negotiation can rise above their differences, and make sure that our government continues, at federal and state levels, to provide essential services,” Durbin said.
Durbin says he doesn’t have federal solution to helping Illinois if no budget is in place.
While lawmakers are supposed to have a budget signed into law by July 1, government operations may be able to continue for a short while before two major obstacles: one on July 15, which is when state workers are scheduled to be paid, and on August 10, when schools should be receiving their first major state aid payment.