Tri States Public Radio Staff
Massive Backlog of Bills
Mon January 30, 2012
Civic Federation Issues Gloomy Budget Forecast for Illinois
Illinois legislators face more bad budget news.
A report from Chicago's Civic Federation said the massive backlog of unpaid bills is about to get much worse.
Illinois is expected to owe more than $9 billion by this summer. The figure is expected to continue rising and could hit nearly $35 billion within five years.
Civic Federation president Laurence Msall said the state must act quickly.
“We have to take a longer view, and a five year view of the state's finances under the current plan is terrifying. The state has to take action now to reel in both the pension and Medicaid spending,” Msall said.
Governor Pat Quinn gives his State of the State address on Wednesday at noon. The speech will be heard live on Tri States Public Radio.
Quinn and legislative leaders have discussed cutting pension benefits for state employees and reducing costs for Medicaid. But it's not clear they will be able to agree on a plan -- or whether legislators will be willing to vote for cuts in an election year.
Thanks to Illinois Public Radio