- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger paid a visit to an East St. Louis social service program to point out the harm the state’s budget impasse is doing.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1IY2w2Y) that during a Wednesday visit to the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, Munger said helping those in need is important to her.

Munger, a Republican appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner to replace the late Judy Baar Topinka, encouraged people to call legislators to encourage them to pass a balanced budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

The lack of a budget is affecting the comptroller’s ability to pay the state’s bills. Munger noted payment delays resulted in the state paying $57 million in late fees last year.

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House helps 7 to 17-year-olds with academics and life skills. Executive Director Bill Kreeb says the budget impasse is hurting the group’s services to children.

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