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Ongoing state funding crisis could force cities to cut services

Governor Rauner's funding cuts worries local mayors

Mayors from Springfield, Decatur and Jerome were at the statehouse fighting for state funding Wednesday.

Gov. Bruce Rauner, R-Illinois, recommended to keep the Local Government Distribution Fund levels the same as last year.

This would mean possible cuts to city services.

The Local Government Distributive Fund was cut by 10 percent cut last year. It was meant to be a one-time reduction according to Democrats.

The governor’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget suggested to keep that reduction in place.

Bill McCarty, director of the Office of Budget and Management for the city of Springfield, said this would mean they'd get $1.2 million less than what they've gotten in years past from the state.

The mayors that testified said the continued reduction would likely lead to service and personnel cuts.

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