WSIL – State of Illinois offices are running out of everyday supplies and cannot get more through their usual suppliers until there is a budget deal.
It might not seem like a big deal, but offices cannot run smoothly without items like paper, paperclips, folders, and pens.
Office Depot is no longer allowing the state a line of credit. Secretary of State Spokesman Dave Druker said the big box company likely has not seen a payment from his office since December, when special appropriations were made.
“We have to go to small shops, you know, local places that’ll be able to fill the order on the short term,” Druker said.
Small businesses are taking a gamble that the state will soon pay them back.
Druker said the secretary’s office owes $14 million to different places, including office supply businesses and for utilities and rent for their driver services facilities. Fed up landlords have the right to kick them out.
“They’ve been quite patient. We’re grateful for that and appreciative for that but we do understand everybody’s got, you know, their limits,” he said.
Going paperless to save money is happening, but Druker said it is not something they can completely switch over.
“In general, we have, you know, over the years been using technology. There are just physical things you might need to print out and produce copies of driving records and things of that nature,” he said.
In just one week, Fiscal Year 17 will begin, that will mark the start to a second year without an Illinois budget,
Office Depot and Midwest Office Supply were both contacted but did not respond by time of publication.