As State Budget Impasse Continues, Lawsuits Allow Some Programs To Still Operate

In this Tuesday, May 31, 2016 photo, Illinois lawmakers press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session inside the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. By nightfall, they had failed again to approve a state spending plan.
Seth Perlman / AP, file
In this Tuesday, May 31, 2016 photo, Illinois lawmakers press ahead on the last day of the spring legislative session inside the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. By nightfall, they had failed again to approve a state spending plan.
Seth Perlman / AP, file

As State Budget Impasse Continues, Lawsuits Allow Some Programs To Still Operate

Lawmakers are back in Springfield to try and make some headway on the budget impasse. Friday will mark the start of the second year without a state budget. That has resulted in cuts for social service agencies and higher education

Lawsuits against the state have demanded that some programs remain funded, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re getting the money. John Bouman from the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law details some of the lawsuits that have demanded cash in order to still function, and how the impasse has affected services.

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