credit: wgn.com

credit: wgn.com

At the 10-13-15 Democrat debate, one of the predominant themes was the glories of socialism and the assurance that Bernie and Hillary will lead us into that great and glorious socialist future where everyone will have paid and mandatory family leave, illegal immigrants will have free Obamacare, college tuition, and every other perk imaginable, income equality will reign, we will be masters of the climate, the NRA, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, big banks and Wall Street will be crushed, and the middle class and small business beatified.

Fortunately, right here in America, we have, in one of the laboratories of socialis—er, democracy–democracy—a perfect example of the future the Democrats are promising for us all. It’s a state that has been run by Democrats for as long as anyone can remember, a state where Democrat policies and accomplishments reign unchallenged, the political birthplace and cesspoo—er, wellspring—wellspring—of Barack Obama and so many other politicians who have been, and one day will be, inmate—er, residents–residents of our final federal corrections facilities.

Fox News reveals the magnificent accomplishments Democrats have wrought: 

Feeling like you’ve hit the jackpot through the Illinois Lottery? Well, think again.

State officials announced Wednesday that winners who are due to receive more than $600 won’t get their money until the state’s ongoing budget impasse is resolved. Players who win up to $600 can still collect their winnings at local retailers.

In a statement, the Illinois Lottery said that its account for writing out checks to winners would be exhausted as of Thursday, and the agency does not have the legal authority to replenish its own funds. According to the Chicago Tribune, officials say the legislature must authorize the state comptroller to release the funds.

Despite the payment delay, lottery officials have continued selling tickets.

Last month, the Illinois comptroller’s office announced that without a budget for the July 1 fiscal year, the agency didn’t have the authority to write checks of more than $25,000 and payments would be delayed.

‘Once a budget is passed in Springfield, all outstanding claims will be paid,’ according to the statement.

Two lottery winners have filed a federal lawsuit against the Illinois Lottery for stopping payouts of prizes above $25,000 because of the budget impasse. The lawsuit seeks to force the lottery to pay winners of more than $25,000 with 5 percent interest and asks that the lottery be barred from paying its administrative or operational costs until the winners receive their prizes. The lawsuit alleges dozens await more than $288 million in prizes.

Tuesday’s announcement came the same day state Comptroller Leslie Munger said the budget impasse means next month’s $560 million payment to Illinois’ pension system will be delayed. She said retirees will still receive benefit checks as scheduled. But the impasse has led to an immediate cash shortage, altering the way her office will dole out payments to the system.

Despite the budget impasse, money is still being allocated through state laws and consent decrees at last year’s rates while less revenue is coming in.

Your Democrat Party, America. It’s Ironic that Chicago’s Mayor is Rahm “Dead Fish” Emmanual, former Obama Chief Of Staff, who infamously quipped that one should never fail to take advantage of a crisis. Given a lottery, essentially a way to print unlimited money, Democrats screw even that up.

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