Southtown Star

Illinois’ past-due bills climb once more

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ backlog of unpaid bills is growing once more and could climb to $9 billion by the end of December, officials said.

“The state’s bill backlog fluctuates throughout the year, with numbers dropping in high-revenue months and rising in leaner seasons,” said Brad Hahn, a spokesman for Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

The backlog typically ebbs and flows throughout the fiscal year, spiking before tax receipts come in during the spring.