SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — There's a new push to make sure Illinois lawmakers don't get paid if they don't complete work on a new state budget.
It's an issue Republicans are campaigning on, led by Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger. Under her plan, the Illinois general assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner would have to agree on an annual balanced budget by the end of the legislative session, or they don't get paid.
"The most important thing we can do to help get our state on a better track is to get a budget in place so we know what our priorities are for spending and how we're going to pay for it ,and this initiative puts some teeth in that constitutional requirement," said Munger.
Illinois has been without a budget for 21 months. Munger herself if up for re-election. She faces democrat Susana Mendoza in November's election.