Lawmakers miss second paycheck amid budget standoff

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — State lawmakers and top elected officials have missed their last two paychecks as the Illinois budget war continues, and they might not get their April payment until July.

April was when Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger decided to put legislative paychecks into the same long line for payment that everyone else waiting for payment in the state is standing in.

On Monday, Comptroller Leslie Munger’s office had 53,752 vouchers awaiting payment in her office. The state pays them as it gets more money in.

By Wednesday, that number had risen to 74,852, and Illinois was on track to pay bills about 48 working days late, he said.

If no real budget passes, the wait will be a lot longer.