Illinois’ Backlog Of Unpaid Bills Hits All-Time High

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Illinois’ bills aren’t getting paid.

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza says the state’s backlog of unpaid bills has now reached an all-time high of more than $12.8 billion.

“We in the state of Illinois have a population of 12.8 million people. That means that taxpayers, every single man, woman and child, are on the hook for $1,000 of unpaid bills. It’s unprecedented, and frankly that’s pretty disgusting,” said Mendoza.

She says the current pay cycle is anywhere from six months to two years. And, it’s causing significant strain on Illinois vendors, social service agencies and other who do business with the state.

Illinois is going 21 months without a state budget.

Mendoza urges lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner to come together and work out a new state budget.

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