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Illinois State Capitol

Budget Watchdog Has Plan To Fix State Finances

More than three weeks ahead of the governor’s budget address, a government watchdog group has issued its own plan for bringing state finances back to good health.

03/03/2014

(Credit: CBS)

NIPSCO Warns Customers Of Bill Payment Scam

Electric utility customers in northwestern Indiana are being warned about scam artists posing as NIPSCO workers.

08/28/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Watchdog Predicts $22B In Unpaid Bills For State Gov’t By 2018

The long list of people the state owes money to could nearly triple in five years, if lawmakers don’t get costs under control, according to a local budget watchdog group.

02/25/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Lawmakers Warned About State’s Fiscal Cliff

Congress isn’t the only government body facing a “financial cliff.” Illinois lawmakers also are being warned about the state’s dire financial situation, which could get even worse if the federal government has to slash funding to the states.

WBBM Newsradio–11/15/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Emanuel To Quinn: Deal With Pension Debt Now

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois lawmakers should heed the warnings of the Civic Federation, which says the state’s pension debt will grow by leaps and bounds if immediate steps aren’t taken.

CBS Chicago–01/31/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Spokeswoman: Quinn Wants To Take On Ballooning Medicaid Costs

A spokeswoman says Gov. Pat Quinn wants to address the problem of skyrocketing Medicaid costs in Illinois, but state legislators are not cooperating.

CBS Chicago–01/31/2012

Laurence Msall

Civic Federation: State Could End Up With $35M In Unpaid Bills

Ahead of Gov. Pat Quinn’s state of the state address this Wednesday and his budget address next month, a tax watchdog group is sounding the alarm about Illinois’ looming financial disaster.

WBBM Newsradio–01/30/2012

Judy Baar Topinka (Photo From Judy Baar Topinka Website)

Topinka: Illinois’ Unpaid Bill Crisis Just Keeps Getting Worse

Illinois keeps falling farther behind on its debt, and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says it’s even worse than it appears.

CBS Chicago–01/19/2012

State Senate President John Cullerton

Cullerton Calls For Debt Restructuring For State’s Unpaid Bills

State revenues have increased this fiscal year, but there are still billions of dollars in backlogged bills to contend with.

WBBM Newsradio–01/06/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Report: Quinn Wants To Borrow To Pay Bills

Published reports are describing what Gov. Pat Quinn will have to say in his budget message to be delivered Wednesday.

WBBM Newsradio–02/14/2011

Monique Davis Office

Taxpayers Might Have To Pay State Rep’s Bills

Taxpayers could be left footing the bill in a costly legal battle involving a Chicago state representative.

CBS Chicago–01/17/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn

Report: Quinn Seeks To Borrow For State’s Bills

A new report says Gov. Pat Quinn has a proposal for dealing with some of the states huge number of unpaid bills.

WBBM Newsradio–12/28/2010