Update: Deadbeat Illinois: "A Calamity .... Disaster"


An update to this story.  On Wednesday morning Lake Land college told WAND News that although it is facing a financial struggle due to the lack of state funds Representative Brown's comments that the school might not make it after another 3 months is not correct.  There are no plans to close Lake Land.

Springfield – State lawmakers say the prolonged budget crisis is having a significant impact on people in central Illinois.

“The absence of a state budget is a calamity for the people of the state of Illinois.  It’s horrible,” State Representative Bill Mitchell, (R) Forsyth, told WAND’s Doug Wolfe.  “It’s a disaster and I don’t use those words lightly.  Crisis, disaster.  Those are serious words because that’s what we’re in.  And it’s a man- made crisis here, a politician led crisis.”

State Representative Sue Scherer, (D) Decatur, has been talking to school districts this week and says many are worried about money that the state has not been paying.  “They said they’re only good until November,” Scherer stated.

State Representative Adam Brown, a Champaign Republican, has 5 community colleges in his east central Illinois district.  Lake Land College in Mattoon is the worst off.

“I’m not sure that they would make it another 3 months without a budget in place.  That’s terrifying,” Brown said.

The legislature not only needs to pass a 2016 fiscal year budget.  But work begins soon on a new fiscal year 2017 budget. 

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