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Budget Flap Won't Mean Government Shutdown in Illinois

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By AP/KWMU

Springfield, Ill – Illinois state government won't come to a screeching halt Thursday, even though the state won't have a budget.

Employees will be paid, welfare checks will be delivered and roads will be repaired.

But some of those services could be in jeopardy if the budget deadlock stretches beyond mid-July.

When the state's fiscal year expires at midnight, state agencies will loose their authority to spend money.

Still, those agencies can continue operating on credit and faith that a budget will eventually be passed.

Governor Rod Blagojevich says nothing will change immediately.

Comptroller Dan Hynes agrees. But he says that if a budget is not passed by July 12th, checks to state workers and social service agencies could be delayed.

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