Damage Done: 740 State Vendors Still Owed At Least $500,000 Each After Rauner Crisis

 Vendors, Hospitals, Social Service Agencies, Insurance Companies, And School Districts Still Waiting

Chicago, IL – The pain of Bruce Rauner’s over two-year budget crisis didn’t end when the legislature overrode his reckless veto. There are still 740 state vendors waiting for checks to the tune of $500,000 or more each.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports on the damage done following Bruce Rauner’s budget crisis, including tens of millions owed to southern Illinois vendors:

There are about 740 vendors, hospitals, social service agencies and insurance companies, and school districts, among others, that are still owed at least $500,000. […]
Local service providers owed large sums of money by the state are: Southwestern Illinois College, which is owed $5.7 million; St. Louis Children’s Hospital, $10.1 million; Memorial Hospital, $4.7 million; Edwardsville Community Unit School District, $2.3 million; and Belleville Township High School, $2.2 million. The Southern Illinois University system is owed $68 million.

“State vendors were driven to the brink by Bruce Rauner’s budget crisis and this failed governor hasn't taken his foot off the gas,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Billions of dollars are owed to our state's most critical services and it’s clear that Rauner’s damage is done.”


Michael Berger