Appellate Court Rejects Social Service Agencies Seeking Payment During Budget Impasse

Illinois’ struggling social-service agencies lost another round in court Thursday. An appellate panel in Chicago says Illinois does not have to pay unless the state has a real budget.

A three-judge panel unanimously rejected all of the human service providers’ claims.

They tried to say Gov. Bruce Rauner exceeded his authority by signing contracts for their work — and then turning around and vetoing money out of the budget to pay them.

But the court rejected that, saying the way the governor and General Assembly have been handling budget bills is within their constitutional rights.

The coalition says it’s disappointed. Andrea…

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