SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A state lawmaker is proposing Illinois borrow
$4 billion to pay its overdue bills, saying agencies and vendors who do
business with the state are in dire straits and need to be paid.
The bill from Rep. Esther Golar, a Chicago Democrat, would allow
Illinois to borrow the money and use it toward bills more than a month past due
as of September.
But Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Tuesday the worst
thing the state could do is take on more debt.
Topinka said her office currently has nearly 170,000 outstanding bills
totaling $7.1 billion. But she said as the economy improves, the state is
making progress paying down the backlog.
Golar asked for more time before the House Executive Committee votes.