Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger's office says it's unable to pay social service agencies as directed by a court order because it can't find the funds.

The comptroller writes Illinois' checks and has been ordered to pay agencies by courts while Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers are deadlocked on a budget.

Munger's spokesman Rich Carter told The Chicago Sun-Times there's a cash shortage because of the impasse.

Carter says the office is prioritizing payments to nonprofits.

Advocates for the nonprofit groups took the matter to court. A judge ordered the comptroller's office to pay the first installment by Friday.

Barry Taylor of Equip for Equality represents some of the groups. He says they're evaluating legal options and haven't received an explanation as to why they're not complying with the order.

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