Pressure Mounts For Illinois To Pay Its Past-Due Bills

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KMOX) – From pharmacies to funeral homes to racetracks, Illinois businesses say they’re are suffering because the state refuses to pay its bills on time.

Going without payment for months at a time is forcing vendors to borrow money, lay off staff, cut salaries and more.

Figures from the Illinois comptroller showed thousands of business bills were a month or more overdue totalling some 67 million dollars.

One of those who hasn’t been paid is Irvin Klemmensen, an airplane mechanic in Jacksonville. He says he’s had to lay off two people because the state won’t pay its bills on time.

The largest ambulance service in downstate Illinois, Advanced Medical Transport, says it will drop one of its state contracts.

And a funeral director in Fairview Heights says some funeral homes no longer bury the poor because the state’s stopped paying for it.

– Bob Hamilton, KMOX News

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