Comptroller’s Office Writing Checks for State Workers Despite Budget Impasse

(AP) Illinois officials say they have begun processing paychecks for state workers even though there’s no budget for the fiscal year. Bradley Hahn is chief of staff to Comptroller Leslie Munger. He told The Associated Press on Friday the office is writing checks and they should be delivered Wednesday to 6,800 workers. The fiscal year began July 1 and there’s no budget agreement between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the Legislature. State records show 64,460 workers are paid through the comptroller’s office. A Cook County judge ruled Tuesday the Constitution bars paying bills with no budget. But Munger got an appellate court to stall that ruling. On Thursday, a St. Clair County judge decreed the state would violate the Constitution by not paying. More court action is likely.