Activists warn budget impasse may mean more landfill garbage

Environmental groups say the state budget standoff could lead to more trash in Illinois dumps.
    
The Illinois Environmental Council wrote a message to its members saying possible layoffs of workers in statewide recycling programs could force cancellation of the programs. That’s according to a story this week by The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers (http://bit.ly/1YG47Q1 ).
    
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity oversees the programs. Gov. Bruce Rauner had announced layoffs and closures to keep spending in check until a budget is approved. But the layoffs are on hold until a judge considers arguments from labor unions. Three people running the programs were set to be laid off Oct. 1
    
The Republican governor and Democrat-controlled Legislature can’t agree on a budget for the July 1 fiscal year.

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