SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) -- The state's finances are such a mess, there will be no holiday lights on the state Capitol this year.
Each year, string lights are hung around the rotunda. The display costs a little more than $7,000 and the tradition dates back to the 1960s.
Secretary of State Jesse White says it's an unnecessary expense considering the state still has no budget.
Illinois Capitol forgoes Christmas lights due to budget crisis