Slowik: Illinois shows Republicans are key to ending a budget standoff

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Illinois could teach Congress and President Donald Trump a thing or two about the standoff over border-wall funding that has partially shut down parts of the federal government.

Here in the Land of Lincoln, we’re experts at budget impasses. From 2015 to 2017, our governor and legislators were locked in a stalemate over funding government services.

Everyone in Illinois paid a price for our partial shutdown. College students struggled when funding lapsed for higher education. People with disabilities and others who receive care through social service agencies may have suffered the most.

But everyone paid. The state comptroller said taxpayers would have to pay more than $1 billion in late fees on unpaid bills. The state’s credit rating took several hits, increasing the cost of borrowing money.

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December 27, 2018 at 04:12PM

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