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City of Chester seeks money from the state

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CHESTER -- The city of Chester has been sending utilities to Menard Correctional Center without getting paid for months, but now, city officials say its accounts are running dry.
 
They are calling on the state to pay at least part of the $1.2 million tab.

Chester officials sent a letter of hardship to the Illinois comptroller's office asking for at least partial payments for water, sewage and gas to Menard Correctional Center over the past year.

Mayor Tom Page said a lack of payments from the state has depleted the water and sewage fund to the point that Chester has had to move money from other departments just to pay its bills

Page also said the city hasn't been able to buy much-needed new equipment.

Page said he understands the state has a massive backlog of bills, but because the city hasn't been paid in months, it has been putting temporary rather than permanent fixes on problems.

"I understand the situation that the comptroller's in," he said. "I somewhat sympathize with them, but there's a point where the line has been drawn in the sand now and it's hurt us very, very bad and it's put us in a very bad situation."

He said he has met with representatives from the comptroller's office and he's optimistic the city will get at least part of what it's owed soon.

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