Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Illinois Comptroller Munger pleads for state budget before July 1 - Derek Beigh, Pantagraph

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger implored state leaders to pass a budget when she spoke Tuesday at Illinois State University in Normal. Gov. Bruce Rauner's handpicked comptroller was surprisingly nonpartisan in a Tuesday address imploring state leaders to pass a budget. Leslie Munger, who Rauner appointed shortly after taking office in 2015, mentioned neither the Republican governor nor Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan while pleading for "Springfield" to get a budget in place before Illinois' new fiscal year begins July 1. "It's unconscionable, it's irresponsible and it's actually unconstitutional," said Munger of the state's now-yearlong budget impasse, spurred by policy conflicts between Rauner and Madigan. "The state has a moral and legal obligation to clean up the mess it has made by not passing a (2016) budget." Munger spoke briefly during a stop at Illinois State University. She also visited Rockford and Peoria on Tuesday.

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