- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union says required funding for child-protective services is in jeopardy because of resistance from the Illinois comptroller.

But Comptroller Leslie Munger’s office said Monday she agrees the money should be paid even without an approved state budget.

A hearing is set for Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. The ACLU seeks enforcement of a decades-old consent decree guaranteeing an adequate level of services for abused children.

The ACLU thought a 2009 order ensured continued payment. But spokesman Ed Yohnka (YAHN’-kuh) says Munger later indicated she’s not authorized to pay child-protection employees.

Munger spokesman Rich Carter says the comptroller is “confused” by the action. In separate state court action, she has asked a judge whether she can disperse the entire payroll during the budget impasse.

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