Illinois Legislature to Miss Midnight Deadline to Pass Budget

Bruce Rauner / AP


The Illinois General Assembly is going to miss its midnight deadline to pass a budget.

The state, which has long faced financial woes, is at risk of having its credit rating downgraded among other penalties, the Associated Press reports.

Although the currently proposed budget passed a test vote on Friday, it will not receive a final vote in time. The test vote passed 90-25 in the House.

If Illinois does not pass a budget, multiple issues could occur. Colleges in the state may not be able to offer financial aid and lottery ticket sales, and infrastructure construction could stop. However, the worst consequence could be that the state's credit rating could be downgraded further, to "junk" status.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has been in negotiations with the Democratic-controlled legislature over passing a budget, but there was too much difference between the two sides.

Illinois currently has $14.7 billion in past-due bills and the state has a $6.2 billion annual deficit from its last budget, passed two years ago.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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