An Illinois Senate hearing on payments to social service providers through court orders has delved more into finger pointing over why there isn't a state budget. 

A special election for the office of Illinois comptroller is almost surely on the horizon. Democratic members of the Illinois General Assembly hurried Thursday to pass a measure setting it up.

Democratic Governor Pat Quinn has chosen longtime friend Jerry Stermer -- his former chief of staff and current budget director -- to take over as Illinois' Comptroller.

Should Illinois combine treasurer, comptroller offices?

Apr 29, 2014

Illinois lawmakers have long debated whether to combine the offices of comptroller and treasurer. Both candidates for treasurer are competing to one-up each other over whether the office should even exist.  

The city of Dixon’s financial woes were eased significantly Wednesday. The City Council approved a $40 million settlement with auditors and a bank for their roles in allowing former comptroller Rita Crundwell to embezzle millions over two decades.  The city’s former auditor, Clifton-Larson-Allen, will pay the bulk of the out-of-court settlement. Former auditor Sam Card and Fifth Third Bank will also pay into the deal. Dixon Mayor Jim Burke is thrilled with the outcome, but adds that the city will never make up for the nearly $54 million Crundwell stole:

City of Dixon works to restore public trust

Sep 5, 2013

It’s been more than a year since the city of Dixon was rocked by the Rita Crundwell scandal. The former comptroller is serving a federal prison term for embezzling more than 50-million dollars from city coffers. With court proceedings on the back-burner, the community is debating how to move forward with a form of government aimed at restoring public trust. Illinois Public Radio's Mike Moen has more:

IL Comptroller pledges quicker nonprofit payments

Jul 15, 2013
Tanya Koonce / WCBU

  Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is creating an advisory council to help non-profit groups receive state payments in a more timely fashion. Topinka visited the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria yesterday to talk with non-profit human service groups about the state’s financial condition. She says her office is now paying bills from June 21st, a shorter delay than usual. But Topinka says its still within the first month of the state’s new fiscal year. She says by fall and into the holiday season, the payment delay gap could get larger: