Social service groups assess impact of stop-gap state budget

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CHICAGO (AP) — Social service providers working without pay because of Illinois' budget troubles say they still haven't been compensated after lawmakers approved a short-term spending plan. The providers say they will push ahead with a lawsuit to force funding.

The Pay Now Illinois coalition is suing Gov. Bruce Rauner and state agencies because of fallout from the budget impasse. Attorneys for the coalition and Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office appeared in court Wednesday. Both sides want time to revise court documents to reflect budget developments.

Lawmakers approved a stop-gap spending measure last month to cover parts of the previous and current fiscal years.

Coalition spokeswoman Andrea Durbin says the coalition now has almost 100 members and is owed roughly $161 million. She says almost none have been paid.

The next court hearing is July 25.

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