This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, June 15, 2017:
Illinois contractors working on the state’s roads just received a “Dear Contractor” letter from the state ordering them to halt work because the state is out of money to pay them:
At this time appropriate funding is not available after June 30, 2017. Thus, work shall cease effective June 30, 2017.
Please bring all projects to a condition that will provide a clear and safely traveled way….
On July 1, 2017, all work shall cease except for maintenance.… The department will notify you when work may resume.
Right now the state has $14.5 billion in unpaid bills, an increase of nearly $4 billion just since the end of December, with no end in sight. When Republican Governor Bruce Rauner took office in January 2015, he promised he would bring order out of chaos by