Illinois Capitol forgoes Christmas lights due to budget crisis

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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.