SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has been given the lowest credit rating of any state in America by Moody’s Investors Service.
Moody’s lowered Illinois’ rating Friday by another notch, to A2. No other state has such a low rating from Moody’s. Only one other state, California, even gets the next-highest rating.READ MORE: Mayor Lightfoot Delays General Iron Permit To Move To South Side Over EPA Concerns
A lower rating generally means the state has to pay more interest when it sells bonds. That increases costs to taxpayers.
Moody’s says it lowered the credit rating because Illinois officials haven’t taken steps to end chronic delays in paying bills or to strengthen government pension systems that are short of money.READ MORE: Chicago Night Clubs Gear Up For Looser COVID-19 Restrictions As State Prepares To Enter Bridge Phase
The agency says Illinois suffers from “weak management practices.”
Gov. Quinn’s budget office issued a statement saying two other rating agencies think the state is taking proper measures to fix its finances. The statement also said additional pension reforms must be enacted.MORE NEWS: Saint Joseph Catholic School Principal On Administrative Duty After Former Teacher Charged With Child Sex Crimes
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