I am sure that all of our State legislatures will be down in Springfield for the State fair Maybe even for the haunted walk with Lincoln for Halloween?
Time runs out on state budget as deadlock drags on
August 1, 2007
BY CHRISTOPHER WILLS Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.---- State employees will come to work. State parks and drivers license offices will be open. State police will patrol the highways.
But they'll do it without a state budget to pay for all that work. If the governor and lawmakers don't come up with a budget soon, some services might begin to shut down.
Officials say the first key date is Aug. 8, when the state processes payments to employees and school districts.
The governor and others have for days stressed that expiration of the temporary budget should not cause an immediate crisis.
That's because most vital expenses, such as employee paychecks and payments to schools, aren't due until later in the month. The state should be able to keep running for at least a few days without major problems, leaders argue.
But for how long is a mystery.
Blagojevich said at a bill-signing Monday that his office has been making preparations for months. ''We're prepared to meet whatever contingency is necessary,'' he said.
He didn't elaborate on what those preparations are, and his staff could answer few questions about how the state will operate without a budget.
They also won't discuss when services, such as state parks, police patrols and highway operations, might be affected by the budget impasse. They insist that's not going to happen right away.