Failed State To Be Removed From Trade Partnership

The failed state of Illinois is set to be removed from the Multi-State Lottery Association at the end of this month over grave concerns about the the state's fiscal health. In the absence of a state budget and with the possibility of balancing any budget an impossibility in light of the state's tremendous pension burden. The total pile of unpaid bills currently due recently crossed 15 billion dollars with some creditors having greater success collecting than others. According to the Multi-State Lottery Association Illinois can avoid being ejected from their lottery treaty by passing a budget. This would compel Illinois residents to cross state lines to participate in the Powerball jackpot game. The state's insurgent GOP governor Bruce Rauner and the establishment Democrats dominating the legislature have been deadlocked since Rauner's inauguration over what kind of pain the next budget should inflict.

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