- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Jackson County in southern Illinois is the latest local government to sue the state over unpaid bills caused by the lack of a state spending plan.

State’s Attorney Michael Carr announced the lawsuit Friday. The county wants to compel payment of salary reimbursements that help pay for several top local government jobs.

Union, Williamson and Franklin counties have filed similar suits. And governments in St. Clair County and in Saline and Gallatin counties have filed lawsuits seeking release of tax money collected on cell and landline phone calls for 911 emergency-dispatch centers.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a $3.1 billion spending bill in December that freed up some other sources of state money for local governments.

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