State tells road contractors to stop work June 30th

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Decatur, Ill (WAND) – IDOT has told road contractors around the state to be prepared to stop work on June 30th if the state does not have a new budget in place.

Lawmakers are expected to return to the Illinois Capitol next week for a ten-day special session in a last- ditch effort to pass a budget before the new fiscal year starts July 1st.

“The cost of inaction is criminal quite frankly,” State Representative Bill Mitchell, (R) Forsyth, told WAND’s Doug Wolfe.  “End of the month we’ll have $15 billion of unpaid bills.”

Highway construction is one of the big-ticket items that could come to a halt at the end of the month.  The legislature has not passed a full year budget since the spring of 2014. 

Democrats in the senate passed a budget in May.  Republicans rolled out a budget proposal this week.  The Illinois House has failed to vote on a budget.

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