SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says his office will suspend mailing reminder notices on renewing motor vehicle registrations because there’s still no state budget.

White said Monday that interrupting the mailing service will save about $450,000 a month.

White sent Gov. Bruce Rauner a letter last week warning of potential major problems at government facilities related to the budget standoff. He says vendors aren’t being paid and are threatening to suspend services. He also worries that utilities could be shut off at the state Capitol in Springfield.

White said the prospect of a shutdown is beginning to rear its head.

Software vendors, he said in his letter, are threatening to discontinue their licensing agreements, which could lead to a system wide shutdown, and could make the state vulnerable to data breaches. He says personal information of nearly every Illinoisan could be jeopardized, which cannot be allowed to happen.

Rauner and White spoke last week by phone. Both say they’re looking at interim solutions.

The first-term Republican governor and legislative Democrats haven’t agreed on a spending plan for the fiscal year that began July 1.


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