State Comptroller Says Pension Fund Payment Delayed

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CHICAGO – Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger, on Wednesday, October 14, announced that a cash shortage caused by the ongoing state budget battle will force Illinois to delay its November pension payment. Munger stresses however, the retirement systems will be paid in full by the end of the fiscal year.

Without a budget in place, the state is operating under a series of court orders, consent decrees and continuing appropriations requiring it to pay bills at last year's rates. That's despite projections showing a $5 billion decline in revenue.

The resulting cash shortage has caused the state's unpaid bill backlog to swell to $6.9 billion this month. The Comptroller's office says that will delay a $560 million monthly pension payment in November.

Despite the delay in the state's payment to the retirement systems, retirees will continue to receive their benefits checks as scheduled.

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