Electricity may be cut at government facilities due to Illinois budget standoff: official

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Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Secretary of State Jesse White says Illinois’ budget standoff could lead to the electricity being shut off at the Capitol along with other issues related to late payments.

White sent Gov. Bruce Rauner a letter last week outlining problems, including that computer and software vendors have threatened to discontinue services that White says are critical. He says there also are potential security problems because the armored truck that removes cash from facilities is threatening to stop service.

Rauner and White spoke last week. Rauner spokeswoman Lyndsey Walters says there are similar operational issues throughout state government and the governor’s office is willing to help find solutions. She says Rauner also encourages White to push lawmakers to pass a budget.

Rauner and legislative Democrats can’t agree on a July 1 fiscal year budget.