State Government

Lawmakers plan $1.3B trim to state bills backlog

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois lawmakers plan to cut the state's $8.5 billion backlog of unpaid bills by $1.3 billion, but it's coming too late for some.

The Chicago-based Counseling Center of Lake View is shutting down.

Lake View Executive Director Sharon Kayser says waiting months for state money to arrive and years of state funding cuts led the center to close in April.

Kelly Kraft of Gov. Pat Quinn's staff says the legislature's plan to pay off $1.3 billion of the state's chronic unpaid bills would be a step in the right direction. Quinn is considering the proposed state budget that includes the proposal.

Lawmakers like Rep. Frank Mautino say it wasn't easy to find the money. State education spending is proposed to drop by $210 million to provide some of the funds.

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