Illinois State business center closing over budget mess

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — A center at Illinois State University devoted to helping build small businesses plans to close this month because it will run out of money because of the state budget stalemate.

Elizabeth Binning is director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center. She told The Pantagraph she was told last month that the center will get no more money until the state has a budget.

The center will close June 30.

The center works with about 150 businesses and entrepreneurs a year.

Binning will leave the university when the center closes. Its two other employees will take other jobs at ISU.

Illinois has been without a budget since July 2015 while Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly disagree over how to handle a funding shortfall.