Pressure mounts for Illinois lawmakers to end budget impasse

CHICAGO (AP) — Pressure is building for Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and majority Democrats to end their months-long stalemate over Illinois’ budget. Yet lawmakers appear no closer to a deal as they return to Springfield on Tuesday.

Moody’s Investors Service said Monday the news that Illinois can’t make its November pension payment could hurt the state’s credit rating.

The United Way says a survey of human service agencies shows almost one-third will run out of money within a month. Business and labor leaders also called for a resolution, saying the feud is hurting Illinois’ economy.

Last week former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar said Rauner shouldn’t “hold the budget hostage” waiting for other reforms.

Rauner’s office says Edgar is entitled to his opinions, but the challenges facing Illinois have been decades in the making.