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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Checks won’t be coming in the mail anymore for a lot of people, and the State of Illinois says that’s a good thing.
As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports, over a nearly 16-month period, the state cut nearly 100,000 checks for tiny, tiny amounts, averaging $1.17 each. The checks were for interest penalties for late payments.
LISTEN: Newsradio 780′s Dave Dahl reports
Illinois State Rep. Raymond Poe (R-Springfield) is glad to see this come to an end.
“You’re sitting around, and sometimes, someone will say they just got one of those checks for 50 cents, and it becomes a joke – what a waste of taxpayers’ money,” Poe said. “So I think the comptroller has recognized something here that we can fix.”
The payments will be made by direct deposit, as will the payments to vendors whom the state pays 30 or more times a year.
The state Comptroller’s office says the total savings for all this is nearly $3 million.