Lawmakers React to Receiving Payments Soon


Springfield - Universities haven't received any payments from the state since last summer.

Students at those universities haven't received map grant money either.

Around the state, agencies and 50,000 vendors are still waiting on their money.

They are all are part of the seemingly unending budget impasse.

"It's the first time, that I'm aware of, in the history of this state, Democrat, Republican, Federalist, or Whig, that there hasn't been a budget," said state representative John Bradley (D-Marion) on Monday.

You can add lawmakers to the list of people who will have to wait to be paid.

"I've directed my staff to treat payments for all elected officials just like every other state payment.  As our cash flow continues to deteriorate it is only fair that we end the prioritization of pay for elected leaders," said state comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger.

Many lawmakers at the Capitol say if anyone deserves to be without pay until things change it's the General Assembly.

"I think this is the right move by comptroller.  It's something that we probably should have done a long time ago.  Legislators pay shouldn't get in the front of the line in front of anybody else who's owed money from the state of Illinois, so I think it's the right thing to do," said state representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield).

"I didn't get into this for any kind of salary.  I got into it for trying to help my area and the state of Illinois, so that's fine, we'll move on and continue to do my job," added Bradley.

Lawmakers continue the spring legislative session this week.

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