Pritzker orders agencies to start looking at cuts

State agencies have been ordered to identify steep budget cuts that can be made if Congress fails to come through with more COVID-19 relief money. At a Chicago news conference, Gov. JB Pritzker said he is ordering state agencies under his control to identify 5 percent cuts that can be made to the current state spending plan and 10 percent cuts that can be made to the budget that lawmakers will pass next year. “We’ve reached a critical juncture for our own state finances in this COVID induced financial crisis,” Pritzker said. “I can promise you that for everyone and anyone who got into public service, who actually wants to serve the public, this is a nightmare scenario.”