Doug Finke State Capitol Bureau @DougFinkeSJR State agencies were holding nearly $2.5 billion in bills at the end of last year, pushing the state’s bill backlog to more than $9.2 billion.The numbers are part of the first report issued by Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s office under a new state law that requires state agencies to report on bills they are holding that have not been submitted for payment.Mendoza pushed for the law last year to give her a better picture of the state’s bill backlog....
Doug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers are gearing up to start another spring session that will include more attempts to address an issue that has remained stubbornly elusive so far.What can the state do to rein in the cost of public employee pensions and try to address the $129 billion debt faced by the five state-funded pension systems?A number of ideas are floating around the General Assembly, from an idea to issue billions of dollars in bonds to pay off the...
Doug Finke State Capitol Bureau @DougFinkeSJR Illinois lawmakers are gearing up to start another spring session that will include more attempts to address an issue that has remained stubbornly elusive so far.What can the state do to rein in the cost of public employee pensions and try to address the $129 billion debt faced by the five state-funded pension systems?A number of ideas are floating around the General Assembly, from an idea to issue billions of dollars in bonds to pay off the...
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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