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Providers: Stop Gap Budget Won't Have 'Meaningful' Impact

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Social service providers suing Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration over fallout from the budget impasse say the stop-gap budget won't have "meaningful" impact.


Nearly 100 groups named in a lawsuit filed new court documents this week assessing the impact of the partial spending plan lawmakers approved.

The groups contend the stop-gap plan doesn't "guarantee any meaningful payment."

The Pay Now Illinois coalition says it's owed roughly $161 million in unpaid work. They want the court to force payment.

After a yearlong budget stalemate, legislators approved a temporary measure to cover parts of the previous and current fiscal years.

Rauner said this week that he understands the groups' frustrations.

The organization led by his wife is among the groups suing. Diana Rauner says suing was a "business decision."

The next hearing is Monday.

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