Illinois is issuing IOUs to lottery winners.
And the state comptroller says she won't be able to fund the state pensions next quarter. On the bright side, retirees will still get their checks somehow.
It's because the state lacks a budget. Our Democratic legislature and our Republican governor can't come to terms.
Here's a headline:
Illinois budget impasse seen lasting for weeks
That headline is from July, which is the start of the state's fiscal year.
Of course, the name of the game is blame. Each side hopes the other will be blamed for whatever inconveniences arise.
So far, I don't seem to have been inconvenienced.
But if your need for instant lottery winnings is great,
I recommend playing in some other state.