Illinois' governor and legislative leaders haven't talked to each other in months, and the state continues to spend money without a budget. Just how long can this continue? Lee Enterprises' Springfield Bureau Chief Kurt Erickson joins the panel.
Families with babies, from birth until they're three years old, are eligible for state assistance to help their children learn and grow. It's called early intervention. But without a budget, Illinois stopped paying the therapists who provide these services. Now, the comptroller and the governor's administration says they've come up with a way to pay again, even though Illinois still has no budget in place.
When Tamiko Schaefer's baby Daniel was about six months old, she started noticing something.
A survey of homeless shelters shows 90 percent of them are denying services because they're getting no state funding during a political feud.
Policy director for Housing Action Illinois Bob Palmer says most agencies are spending down reserves, borrowing money and using furloughs in hopes the gridlock will break soon; in other cases, such as a shelter in Olney, they've closed down completely.