The city of Springfield is pushing for the state of Illinois to pay its electric bill.
The state owes Springfield’s utility company about $10 million dollars. The city lights up a lot of state buildings. But the budget impasse has left the state deeply in the red. Late notices have been sent to state accounts. Springfield’s Mayor Jim Langfelder says he’s reluctant though to shut the power off.
“Well, the impact would be that people would be sent home," he said. "They wouldn’t be able to work in the dark or without heat.”
Langfelder and Springfield legislators are in talks with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office. But if there’s no movement, the city council could vote on a resolution formally asking for payment next week.