Cities, counties demand action amid Illinois budget mess

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nervous mayors and county officials are piping up about the Illinois budget crisis. Local governments have not received state money owed them because Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative Democrats are unable to agree on a spending plan. The two sides plan to meet Tuesday. Marshall Mayor Camie (KA’-mee) Sanders says the city threatened to shut off power to a state truck barn but held off. Some counties — including St. Clair near St. Louis — have filed lawsuits seeking 911 service payments. The Mundelein Village Board in suburban Chicago adopted a resolution demanding what is now about $920,000 owed by the state in tax distributions. Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly says the governor understands the frustration but blames Democrats for not approving release of the money.