Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza sitting at her desk.
“Doomsday is right around the corner,” says Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza. (AP/G-Jun Yam)

For two years, Illinois has managed to operate without a budget. Unless lawmakers pass one by the end of the week, the state is likely staring at an unprecedented credit rating downgrade to junk status. But that's just the beginning of its financial Armageddon: Illinois is also projected to not have enough cash this summer to fund all of its basic services like schools.

According to State Comptroller Susana Mendoza, Illinois' flagging revenues and shrinking liquidity likely mean the state will soon be $185 million short on meeting even its basic, court-ordered obligations. “Doomsday is right around the corner,” she says. “It means any number of things: road projects stopping, pension [payments] being skipped, employees not getting paid -- which will likely make people not show up to work.”

Mendoza is not alone in voicing her concerns.