After learning that the City has been fully subsidizing the water bill at the State prison in Canton during the ongoing budget impasse, Rep Unes (R-East Peoria) got directly involved in the matter over the weekend by making an emergency contact to the Governor’s Office.  The State of Illinois currently owes the City of Canton over $600,000 in unpaid water bills, as it has served to maintain one of the prison facility’s most basic utilities.  Canton city officials met on Saturday for a budget meeting, wherein options for moving forward with this issue were discussed.  Suggestions included suspending services to the facility, imposing late fees upon the State, and/or taking out a large loan in order to continue covering the costs of keeping the facility operational.