Venezuela in the Midwest

Illinois can’t pass a budget, and now can’t even pay out to lottery winners. When a state can’t even manage to pay out lottery winners. . .

From Time magazine:

Big-time Illinois Lottery winners aren’t getting the largesse. They’re getting left out.

Without a state budget agreement two months into the new fiscal year, there’s no authority for the state comptroller to cut checks over $25,000. That means smaller winnings can be paid out, but not the larger lottery wins.