The fallout from Illinois’ financial condition, and the lack of an immediate solution, includes the suspension of some park district projects around the state. The governor’s office is now holding up grants for the major construction projects, including some for which the local match has already been spent and for which construction has begun. “Cities such as Pana, for example, have already expended funds, which are required by the grants. I think it's unconscionable that Gov. Rauner would bring those grants to a closure without fully seeing through the grant agreement that was made between the state and local governments,” said State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) of places in his district.
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State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), who said he had not heard from any of his local park districts, said this is the sort of pain Illinoisans will have to bear. “The perception that we can somehow ease ourselves out of a deficit” of $1.6 billion in the current fiscal year, Righter said, “without creating issues like this – stopping some things, cutting some things – that’s not real. These things are gonna happen.”