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Rauner to Dems: Return to Illinois budget negotiating table

Sep 13, 2015

Without Illinois budget, state moves closer to fiscal collapse

As you probably know already, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger said last week that the state government’s backlog of unpaid bills will hit $8.5 billion by the end of December, up from about $6 billion right now.

That’s a headline grabbing number, since the end of December is not exactly the greatest time for people and companies that are owed money by the state. The state’s bill backlog was about $8 billion this past January, right after most of the 2011 state income tax hike expired. But the backlog fell to…

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