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June 29, 2009

Fiscal year deadline looms; does Illinois shut down?


State employees aren’t the only ones on edge. Sen. Emil Jones III, a Chicago Democrat, said he had heard of private social-service agencies that rely on state funds already turning away new clients.

Those agencies will continue getting paid for at least a few weeks because they are submitting receipts for services through June, for which there’s still money. But to get paid for work in July, they have to have new contracts with the state, which requires a budget.

The anxious moments ramp up pressure on legislators to adopt an income tax increase, said Jones, who voted for the Senate plan to hike the individual income tax rate from 3 percent to 5 percent — and from 4.8 percent to 7.2 percent for corporations — that failed in the House.

Jones said he’s received a lot of calls and letters from constituents in the past few weeks, so those who have resisted a tax increase must be getting even more.

“I’m quite sure the ones that didn’t vote on it are reconsidering their votes,” Jones said.

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