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Sinnissippi Centers Joins in Lawsuit Against Governor over Non-Payment
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Many social and human service agencies in Illinois have been hurt badly by the budget impasse in Springfield.

Some of the money due to agencies has been paid following court orders to do so. In an effort to follow in those footsteps, Sinnissippi Centers has joined with 63 other Illinois based human and social service agencies suing Governor Rauner and 6 other directors of statewide agencies. The group is demanding full and immediate payment of more than $100 million owed for work performed under contract.

CEO Patrick Phelan of Sinnissippi Centers says both political parties in Springfield are to blame, so the Governor is not the only one at fault. But, he added, the Governor is the one with the power to fix it.

Phelan said the group feels confident they have good legal footing for the lawsuit. Phelan said more agencies from around the state want to join with Pay Now Illinois and be a part of the lawsuit.

Phelan pointed out that this is not a political statement or gesture. He said they just want and need to be paid what they are owed according to the contracts they signed with the state.

Sinnissippi Centers is owed over $1.2 million from six grants not paid by the state. Phelan said the year to date amount is over $900,000.

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