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Springfield Wants State To Pay Utility Bill

The city of Springfield is pushing for the state of Illinois to pay its electric bill.

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  The state owes Springfield’s utility company about $10 million dollars. The city lights up a lot of state buildings. But the budget impasse has left the state deeply in the red. Late notices have been sent to state accounts. Springfield’s Mayor JimLangfeldersays he’s reluctant though to shut the power off.

“Well, the impact would be that people would be sent home," he said. "They wouldn’t be able to work in the dark or without heat.”

Langfelderand Springfield legislators are in talks withGov. BruceRauner’soffice. But if there’s no movement, the city council could vote on a resolution formally asking for payment next week.

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