SPRINGFIELD - If you're interested in your new for-profit business getting a contract with the state of Illinois, you'd better have a stash of cash that will last nearly a year, lots of patience, and an appreciation for the value of nonprofit competitors that offer the same services, according to State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
The 69 year old Topinka, who's seeking re-election as Illinois' comptroller, says she's making for-profit businesses wait, even though she says her office has encouraged more small businesses to bid for state work.
With Illinois facing more than $7.5 billion in unpaid bills, Topinka also said her office gives nonprofits who “take care of the old, the sick, the lame, the handicapped” priority.
“We pay them first, and everybody else kind of has to wait a little bit longer,” Topinka said. “But I think it’s a good thing that we do that.”
Read more HERE. Democratic Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon says she's seeking Topinka's office in 2014.