Illinois

Have an Accident With a Car Owned by Illinois? You're Out of Luck

A budget impasse leaves more than half a million in IOUs.

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If you're in a car accident that's not your fault, you'd expect the other driver to pay for the damages. If you have an accident with someone driving a state-owned vehicle and the state hasn't passed a budget in nine months, you might be waiting a while.

That is the current situation in Illinois. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has been in a stalemate with a Democratic supermajority in the legislature since July 1. While the governor did sign one bill to fund primary and secondary education, he's vetoed all other spending bills.

That includes the bill that would have paid for auto insurance claims against the state, which is self-insured. The Department of Central Management Services (CMS) is responsible for such payouts. Mark Fitton of Illinois News Network reports that around 200 claims totaling $560,000 have gone unpaid since July. That number includes reimbursement for medical costs and for other claim-related services, not just damage to cars. CMS is still investigating or negotiating other claims not included in those numbers.

Technically, Illinois has a balanced budget provision in its constitution that should prevent the state from spending money on anything that hasn't been passed by the General Assembly. In actuality, the judicial branch has taken over and issued court orders mandating that state employees still be paid on time.

Good-government group Reboot Illinois estimates that despite having no budget, the Prairie State will spend around 90 percent of what it did in Fiscal Year 2015, outpacing its revenues by $4.6 billion. 

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  1. Anyone who thinks governments actually follow their own “rules” and “the law” is a fucking moron. Why would they? They have a monopoly on enforcement. It’s laughable that anyone, ever, has ever thought that they would (especially if things got difficult). It’s part of the fallacy of government.

    1. Why are you even awake at this time of day? WDT scum.

      1. I’ve changed. People change. Changes?I’m not the same Jerri Blank Episiarch who informed on those blind orphans. I’m not the same Jerri Blank Episiarch who revealed the hiding place of those Guatemalans?such as yourself. And I’m not the same Jerri Blank Episiarch who took a crap in the Fleishmann’s holly bushes?last night.

  2. Government not paying for the harm it causes? Color me shocked.

  3. Sounds like they need to vote for a Lannister in 2016.

  4. Injured persons without functioning cars get the shaft while state employees get the moola. It’s good to see they have their priorities straight.

    1. It takes a village to steal people’s money, wreck their car, and then walk away.

    2. Won’t most insurance companies just handle the claim these days and then go after the offending party for damages? I’d bet that most of these cases are with big insurance companies, with the actual injured person already being made whole. Doesn’t make it anymore Ok, but I can see why they wouldn’t be rushing to do anything about it.

      1. Until the ‘big insurance’ company starts raising prices to cover themselves for this sort fo bullshit.

        1. Relatively small number of claims in a very competitive industry. I doubt there would be a noticeable impact on prices because of this. Nope, the state of Illinois is getting away with it because they can.

  5. I am a factory owner in the CHI. every year the water reclamation district spends a week sampling our treated wastewater to make sure we are within limits on everything from metals to grease to chrome. ive never had a problem, not even a ph violation, in 20 years. This year guess what chemical we are high on? Lead. Im fucking shocked.

    1. They’ve changed the lead standard again, haven’t they? They’re aiming for zero ppb but they know that’s too ridiculous for anybody to swallow in one go so they have to cut it into bite-sized pieces in the hopes nobody notices what’s being crammed down their throat. It’s the same with a lot of the regulation – they hate private business and would prefer to just shoot you in the head but the best they can get past the public is strangling you slowly.

      1. ya how much lower than 15 ppb do they want to go? we dont even use much lead. a little caustic soda and a few lead anodes. The lab I use for reports says they have calls from numerous others in my industry with an out of nowhere lead violation. I fear they are covering their own asses and looking for private industry to blame when everything here goes all Flinty. maybe then ill get that bullet in the head.

    2. The plumbers and pipe fitters unions want more money, government is happy to coerce it out of you for them.

  6. I’ve had it with these people with their hands out for a government check. GET A JOB AND PAY FOR YOUR OWN DENT PULLER AND RUBBING COMPOUND FREELOADERS.

  7. Good-government group Reboot Illinois estimates that despite having no budget, the Prairie State will spend around 90 percent of what it did in Fiscal Year 2015, outpacing its revenues by $4.6 billion.

    And 90% is nowhere near enough spending to reduce spending. If you want a smaller budget you’ll need a bigger budget to hire people to cut the budget. Don’t give the school district more money and they’ll need to hire some new administrators to oversee the teacher lay-offs. Don’t give the military more money and they’ll need to hire some new administrators to collect up the guns and sell them. Don’t give the DOT more money and they’ll need to hire some new administrators to determine which roads and bridges they’re not going to repair. You gotta spend more money to spend less money, how is this so hard to understand?

    1. +2 negative one

  8. If I wasn’t chained here by family and job….I’d be racing out of here at 85 mph with both middle fingers extended.

    The funny part of all this is that the Donkey Party has a supermajority – they could pass anything they want over the Gov’s veto, whenever they want.

    1. I hear you, bro. I’ve lived here all of my life and assumed I would stay when I retired or at least until my daughter went to college.

      But now? I’m wondering just how much worse things could get.

    2. Passing with supermajority is for suckers.

      “Negotiating” a trivial concession and then blaming the policy’s failure on obstructionists is where the money’s at.

      1. IL won’t have any reform until Mike Madigan dies.

        1. I’d buy him a vacation in Brussels if it’d help.

    3. job and toews and kane keeping me here.

  9. Chicago, a city that people in Rhode Island love!

  10. While the governor did sign one bill to fund primary and secondary education, he’s vetoed all other spending bills.

    MY HERO!!!

    The good news is Illinois can’t buy any more cars. Confiscate, yes. Buy, no.

  11. In actuality, the judicial branch has taken over and issued court orders mandating that state employees still be paid on time.

    The judicial branch is where the seeds of speciousness are fertilized.

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