Illinois' budget stalemate

Paul Coussens

Details of a massive, bipartisan compromise meant to end Illinois' budget stalemate emerged today in the Illinois Senate. But the plan has been put on hold.

With Illinois finances stretched thin, the role of Illinois Comptroller has taken on an elevated importance. There haven't been many chances for voters to compare the candidates vying for the job face-to-face, but the top candidates squared off Tuesday night in an interview on Chicago's WTTW-TV.

The comptroller is in charge of cutting the state's checks.

That's more complicated than it may sound. After all, Illinois doesn't have enough money to actually PAY all of its bills.