Five dozen social service agencies have been working without pay for nearly a year because of the Illinois state budget stalemate. The group of 64 contract providers claim they're owed $100 million.
Pay Now Illinois is suing Gov. Bruce Rauner. They filed the lawsuit today in Cook County Circuit Court. The lawsuit claims Rauner created an "unconstitutional" situation by vetoing appropriations to pay for the services and then enforcing contract terms anyway.
Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly says the governor understands the group's frustration but the answer lies not in court but in agreement by the General Assembly to a "balanced, reform-oriented budget."
The Republican's stalemate with legislative Democrats over a budget that should have started July 1 has entered its 11th month.