Friday, June 17, 2016

Proposed Short-Term Budget Would Pay Lottery Winners

Illinois lottery officials say they support a short-term budget proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner because it would pay lottery officials, according to the Springfield State Journal-Register.

The state of Illinois remains without a budget after Rauner and Democratic leaders couldn't come up to an agreement. Last year Illinois lottery winners sued when the state withheld winnings because of a lack of budget. A patchwork plan allowed lottery winners to eventually be paid but it expires June 30, the end of the budget year.

Illinois spokesman Stephen Rossi tells the Daily Herald that lottery ticket prizes will be paid but it expires June 30, the end of the fiscal year on June 30. He says the lottery supports a short-term budget that Rauner proposed that would pay winners. Rossi said the lottery encourages Democrats to pass it.

Information provided by the Springfield State Journal-Register

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