The state comptroller says making Illinois’ lawmakers wait for their paychecks is the fair thing to do. Some service provides wait months for their checks because of the state’s backlog of bills. And the lack of a state budget means some service providers don’t get paid at all.

Comptroller Leslie Munger spent Monday touring a Chicago homeless shelter. She says funding services like the shelter, which isn’t getting paid because there isn’t a budget, is just as important as paying lawmakers their average $81 thousand annual salary.

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Munger said Illinois’ legislature isn’t seeing the consequences of not passing a balanced budget. She said she thinks people don’t understand the situation until the state has to tell organizations that they’ll have to wait for months to be paid.

Munger reiterated that state workers, whom the courts said must be paid, are still receiving paychecks on time.


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