Southern Illinois county latest to sue state for bills owed

MARION, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois county is the latest local government to sue the state over unpaid bills amid a budget impasse. Williamson County on Friday sued the Illinois Department of Revenue and state Comptroller Leslie Munger over less than $140,000 in anticipated salary reimbursements that help pay for the county’s top prosecutor, public defender and supervisor of assessments. Governments in St. Clair County and in southern Saline and Gallatin counties have filed lawsuits seeking release of tax money collected on cell and landline phone calls for 911 emergency-dispatch centers. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a $3.1 billion spending bill earlier this month that frees up some other sources of state money for local governments.