Landscaping company awaits payments as budget stalemate continues

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HEBRON, Ill. -- With the on-going stalemate here in Illinois, more people are suffering from a lack of state funding, including small business owners.

J.P Robson is the owner of EMC2 landscaping in Hebron in McHenry County. He has a contract with the state of Illinois to cut grass, trim the bushes and other landscaping duties  at a five acre parcel of land in Des Plaines. He is a married father of four has five employees who depend on him for income as well.

He says he hasn’t been paid since July of last year.

“We have five guys right now and basically it means I had to sell one of my trucks,” he says.  “I had to take a high interest loan just to make it through the winter time.”

J.P. is part of long line of collateral damage in the budget battle between republican Gov Bruce Rauner vs Democratic Speaker Mike Madigan and senate president John Cullerton,

Each side blames the other for the impasse.

J.P. blames all of them.

The state wants him to keep working without pay.

He says if he can, he'd like to break the contract.

“I don't want to work for them any longer,” he says.

His is a woeful tale that can be told in many, many other places - big and small - throughout the Land of Lincoln.

J.P. believes the time for compromise in Springfield is long overdue.


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