The portion of the gas tax collected when you fuel your car is supposed to be forwarded to Illinois municipalities. They use it to fill potholes, or buy road salt.
Instead, that money is trapped in the budget stalemate.
Macomb Mayor Michael Inman says this month's skipped payment is preventing cities from repairing roads.
"Mayors find themselves in a holding pattern as we wait for the state to take action,” Inman said. “Winter is fast approaching, and time is not on our side."