By now, you’ve probably read or heard more about the possible shutdown of Illinois government than you ever wanted to now.
The bottom line for Kane County government is that most of the services you’ve come to count on are still here and still operating. That was underlined and confirmed Tuesday in a brief missive from 16th Circuit Chief Judge Judith M. Brawka.
Despite information coming from Springfield about an imminent state government shut down on July 1, 2015, Brawka assures the public of Kane County that all of the courts and their ancillary agencies will be operating normally on July 1, and thereafter with or without a state budget agreement.
All court facilities will remain open during regular business hours and all services will be available to the public.
Meanwhile, the Daily Herald reported Tuesday that Illinois government will “keep the lights on” Wednesday, even if it can’t immediately pay the electric bill. The Daily Herald’s Mike Riopell said suburban agencies that care for the disabled might be affected, because employees won’t get paid by the state until the end of a budget feud. Otherwise, it will be business as usual.
Democrats and Republicans have been deadlocked over how to eliminate a deficit that’s the largest of any state in the U.S. Illinois is facing a more than $100 billion shortfall, according to Yahoo News.
Without a new budget in place by the Wednesday start of the new fiscal year, some 65,000 employees face the prospect of missing paychecks starting in mid-July. That raised fears workers would stay home and some government operations would cease.
The Associated Press reports that if Wednesday comes without a budget, there is money enough to pay state employees through July, but it’s likely some services provided by government contractors will begin shutting down or stop because payments will cease.