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Backlogged Bills Piling Up

Updated: Thursday, May 8 2014, 10:53 AM CDT

ILLINOIS -- As of Tuesday, the state of Illinois had a $4.9 billion backlog of bills and payments.

That backlog has been a hot topic among Illinois residents, and people are talking.

Now that the state will see an extra $1.2 billion in its coffers. Some republicans want that money to be used to pay some of the state's debts.

Senator Sam McCann proposed legislation to use all of the extra revenue to pay off some of the bills starting with the oldest one, $112 million that is owed to state workers.

The money stems from raises that were not appropriated in the 2012 and 2013 budget years.

There is a court order for the state to pay these bills and McCann along with other members of the GOP say it's time to pay the piper.

"They've earned their pay. They've worked hard. They deserve it. We have many vendors and their employees who have done everything they were supposed to do. They have earned payment."

Supporters say money is also owed to elementary and secondary schools, universities, local governments, Medicaid providers, and various state vendors.

Senator McCann says he would be open to extending the temporary income tax if there is a guarantee that the extra funding will be used responsibly.

Backlogged Bills Piling Up


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