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Ill. Comptroller: Obama Library Should be Privately Funded

Judy Baar Topinka says she currently has more than $5 billion worth of unpaid bills sitting on her desk.


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Illinois’ Past-Due Bills Fall to $7.6 Billion

Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka had estimated the backlog would be closer to the $9 billion owed at the end of 2012. But an unexpected $1.3 billion infusion of tax receipts last spring helped.


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Illinois’ Past-Due Bills Climb Once More

Illinois’ comptroller says the state’s backlog of unpaid bills is growing again. The backlog has now grown to about $8.8 billion.


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Illinois ‘Hot-Dog Seasoning Emergency’ Leads to No-Bid Contract

A contract for hot-dog spices had previously expired and a new one had not yet been put in place, leaving prison officials with no way to purchase the ingredients.


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Illinois Ends Fiscal Year $6.1 billion In Red

Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka warned that Illinois’ spring influx in unanticipated tax revenue will be short lived because of the state’s unresolved pension problem.


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Some In Illinois Want Polling Places Out Of Schools

“Schools are sanctuaries for our children, and they are supposed to be, by design, a safe place,” says Illinois State Rep. Jack Franks.



Illinois Comptroller: Fiscal Cliff Will Cost State

Topinka estimated Social Security and income tax increases would lower Illinois tax revenues by up to $500 million.


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Illinois’ Stack of Unpaid Bills Continues To Grow

The pile of unpaid bills in the state of Illinois is not getting any smaller, says Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. She says it’s about $9 billion.



Illinois Government Transparency Site Expands

It now provides links to lobbyist reports and the General Assembly.



Illinois Tries to Bail Itself Out

Now, the governor is asking everyone to cut 9 percent from their budgets.