SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says the state's backlog of unpaid bills is growing again, and now is at $8.8 billion. The state's balance of unpaid bills was shrinking in the spring, thanks to an influx of tax revenue.
Brad Hahn, spokesman for Topinka, says the backlog fluctuates during the year, with "numbers dropping in high-revenue months and rising in leaner seasons."
In late May, the balance fell to $5.8 billion and vendors were waiting about two months to be paid. It climbed to $6.1 billion by the end of the state's fiscal year in June.
Hahn says the balance could grow to $9 billion by the end of December for the second year in a row.