CHICAGO Dec 23 Illinois will lose its budget
director just as the state's temporary fiscal 2017 spending plan
expires, the governor's office said on Friday.
Tim Nuding, who joined Governor Bruce Rauner's
administration when Rauner took office in January 2015, is
"transitioning out of state government" and will be replaced by
Scott Harry, current chief of staff for the governor's office of
management and budget, according to the announcement.
Nuding, who spent more than two decades as a member of
Illinois Senate Republican staff before becoming budget
director, has been a central figure in keeping Illinois
operating despite its ongoing budget battle.
A six-month budget approved in June ends on Dec. 31, leaving
funding for operations and services not covered by court orders
or ongoing appropriations up in the air. Primary and secondary
public schools were funded for the full fiscal year that began
Illinois, which has the lowest credit ratings among the 50
states, is limping through its second straight fiscal year
without a complete budget. Talks between the Republican governor
and Democrats who control the legislature ended earlier this
month with no agreement on a budget or a plan to tame a $130
billion unfunded pension liability.
The state's unpaid bills, a barometer of its chronic
structural budget deficit, totaled $10.9 billion on Thursday.
Democratic Senate President John Cullerton believed progress
was being made toward a budget deal, his spokesman John
Cullerton "hopes the governor will resume talks so we can
build on that progress. A full, fair and balanced budget has
been the goal all along," Patterson said.
Rauner's office said it is waiting for Democrats to propose
a budget plan. The governor has said he wants term limits on
state politicians and a local property tax freeze to be included
in any deal.
(Reporting by Karen Pierog; Editing by Leslie Adler)