The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) announced in a press release that they do not anticipate releasing personal income tax refunds for the 2016 tax filing season until March 1, 2016, due to ongoing fraud prevention efforts. For electronic returns filed prior to March 1, 2016, IDOR anticipates refunds will be issued within two to three weeks from the March 1, 2016 date. For electronic returns submitted error-free on or after March 1, 2016, IDOR anticipates refunds will be issued within two to three weeks from the date the return was submitted. The press release notes that tax refunds are not subject to budgetary appropriation by the Illinois General Assembly and are, therefore, not impacted by the current budget impasse.
Press Release, Illinois Department of Revenue, January 4, 2016