The state of Illinois is in a full-on fiscal crisis. It’s been headed that way for a few years now but the situation just got very serious. As in critical.
Zero Hedge reports:
Illinois State Official: “We Are In Massive Crisis Mode, This Is Not A False Alarm”
Last week we reported that as Illinois, a state which now faces over $15 billion in backlogged bills, struggles over the next two weeks to somehow come up with its first budget in three years ahead of a June 30 fiscal year end, and faces an imminent ratings downgrade to junk – the first ever in US state history – traders finally puked, sending the yield on its bonds surging after a judge ruled at the start of the month that the state is violating consent decrees and previous orders, and instructed the state to achieve “substantial compliance with consent decrees”, further pressuring its financial situation.
In a last ditch attempt to resolve the ongoing budget impasse and prevent a potential crisis, which may culminate with an eventual default by the distressed state, yesterday the WSJ reported that Illinois Gov. Rauner ordered lawmakers to return for a special session this week, but the two sides still seem far apart. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner ordered the special session starting Monday, as the backlog of unpaid bills reaches $15.1 billion.
You might have heard about this if the media stopped pushing fake narratives about Russia for five minutes but they just can’t help themselves.