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SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - The 2016 Illinois fiscal year begins on Wednesday, July 1 and state legislators still haven't reached a deal.

Now, just hours away from the budget deadline, Illinois 115th District Representative Terri Bryant said she still has no indication a deal will be made.

"Today is a Committee of the Whole. I do not have any indication that we will be voting on any budget bills," Rep. Bryant said in a statement. "The testimony being given right now is towards ensuring state employees will be paid so that there is no government shut down."

The governor has reassured some 65,000 Illinois workers that they will be paid but Illinois attorney General Lisa Madigan said paying workers without a state budget is a violation of the state constitution.

The American Federation of State, County and Municiapl Employees Council 31 executive director Roberta Lynch said employees will remain on job the through a government shutdown.

"Although there is no budget in place for the fiscal year beginning July 1, the public services that Illinois residents rely on must continue without disruption, and our union has been working to ensure just that," Lynch said in a statement.

Lynch went on to say that AFSCME Council 31 has prepared legal action to ensure workers get paid.

"There was precedent in 2007 that is being used to say that state employees should still be paid," Bryant said. "Attorney Gen. Lisa Madigan is saying 'no.' So, not sure where it will land."

Heartland News is continuing to follow the state budget situation. This story is developing.

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