Budget standoff could mean power shutoff at state building in Me - KMOV.com

Budget standoff could mean power shutoff at state building in Metro East

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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) - The state of Illinois is racking up stacks of overdue bills amid a 5-month budget stalemate, and one local government office is dealing with the consequences.

On October 29,  the Southwestern Electric Cooperative issued a power disconnection notice to the state's regional headquarters in Collinsville. Gov. Bruce Rauner's office acknowledged the letter, which was posted online. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and State Police both have offices at the facility.

"Our cooperatives, our businesses, they can only go so long without being paid," said State Rep. Charlie Meier. "So we need to get funds to them. It's just a struggle."

Despite receiving a disconnection notice, the power is still on at the state building.

The governor's office said late payments may have been avoided if a funding bill for "public safety and critical services" passed in the State House.That proposal is now stalled in Springfield.

A spokesperson for Southwestern Electric could not comment on the state's account for privacy reasons, but said the company usually allows a 6-week grace period on late payments before shutting off utility services.

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