The consequences of the ongoing budget impasse continued to spread during the week, with yet another vendor threatening to cut off services due to the state’s inability to pay its bills on time.
Southwestern Electric Cooperative Inc. located in the southern part of the state has issued the state a final notice letter, saying disconnections will begin if the company does not see payment by Dec. 1. Southwestern notes they are a not-for-profit utility service and without payment from members, they cannot meet their bill demands.
Their pleas for payment echo those of City Water, Light, and Power (CWLP) of Springfield, which is reportedly owed almost $3 million from the state. However, CWLP has not indicated they will act upon their disconnection notices as of yet.
As more and more vendors continue to cut ties with the state or threaten to cut off services to state due to lack of payment, Senate Republicans continue their call for passing a balanced budget tied with structural reforms needed to right the state’s fiscal ship and move Illinois forward.