Illinois’ bill backlog drops by billions

May 22, 2013

Illinois' backlog of bills has dropped to under six billion dollars, down from $8.5 billion dollars at the start of April. That's thanks to residents and companies paying their taxes last month. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says that's good news, at least for Illinois' "new normal." She warns that lawmakers should not get "cozy" as they draft a new spending plan.

 "Live within your means, what is not to understand about that.  We must maintain that to get out of this fiscal funk that we're in."

 Education would take a hit under Governor Pat Quinn's budget, something some legislators are fighting against.  Topinka, who's a Republican, says Illinois needs to be careful as it considers cuts to education.  She says kids only have one shot at school.