CHICAGO (WBBM) — Illinois lawmakers have declined to borrow more than $8 billion to catch-up on funding for agencies that help the elderly, seniors, children and those with special needs.

But as WBBM Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports, a specialist in the field says things may actually be looking up.

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Judith Gethner, executive director of Illinois Partners for Human Service, says the tax battle left lawmakers drained. But she believes the bill isn’t yet dead.

“It is our belief that they will resurrect that within the next couple of weeks, and vote again to be able to make this happen,” Gethner said.

Gethner says Springfield lawmakers now seem willing to earmark revenue streams for human service non-profits, and believe the groups will eventually see smoother financial sailing in Illinois.

The state had been labeled the worst in the country for tardy payments to human service agencies.