WBEZ brings you fact-based news and information. Sign up for our newsletters to stay up to date on the stories that matter.Today marks the 55th day since the Illinois legislature was supposed to have a new budget passed. That’s a record for the longest stalemate – breaking the previous mark set three years ago.
The budget frustration has led to some harsh words and procedural dust-ups between state leaders, all Chicago Democrats: House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President Emil Jones and Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Legislators passed a stopgap measure at the end of June to keep state government operating. That expires next week, though. And unless a full-year budget or another stopgap is passed, state government will shut down.