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Interest on state's unpaid bills further pinch budget

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois' giant stack of unpaid bills came with a hefty price tag last year.

March 13, 2014 12:00 am(0)

With state revenue up, lawmakers consider priorities

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois is set to collect $369 million more in tax revenue this year, state lawmakers learned Tuesday.

November 06, 2013 12:01 am(1)

Lawmakers haggle over back pay owed union members

SPRINGFIELD — The end-of-session push to approve a budget plan has made for some strange bedfellows in the Capitol.

May 30, 2013 12:01 am(0)

House passes pension boost ban as part of latest test vote on reform

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House approved legislation Thursday to limit the salary upon which retired state workers can base their pensions in…

March 08, 2013 4:01 am(0)

Series of pension votes fail in House; GOP refuses to participate

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers rejected a series of proposals Thursday that would have drastically reduced pension benefits for state employees.

March 01, 2013 3:01 am(0)

Quinn, lawmakers hope to use Thomson prison sale to pay state's bills

SPRINGFIELD — The Quinn administration wants to use some of the proceeds from the sale of the state’s unused maximum-security prison in Thomso…

October 03, 2012 12:01 am Related (0)

Deadbeat Illinois: Interest mounting on missed payments

PEORIA (AP) - When Illinois can't pay its bills in a timely fashion, the interest penalties it's required to add on by law deliver another blo…

October 23, 2011 3:00 am(0)

Lawmakers unable to agree on solution for state's $5 billion backlog of unpaid bills

SPRINGFIELD - Don't look for quick action to reduce Illinois' huge backlog of unpaid bills, despite universal agreement among state leaders th…

October 22, 2011 4:01 am(0)

Hardship form, help from lawmakers often bumps overdue bills to the front of the line

SPRINGFIELD - If you plan on doing business with the state of Illinois, you'd better learn to beg, preferably to an influential politician.

October 21, 2011 12:01 am(0)

Late payments make trouble for state's prisons

CARBONDALE - The Illinois Department of Corrections insists its failure to pay its bills on time isn't creating any safety concerns inside sta…

October 20, 2011 12:01 am(0)
Medicaid providers top the list of those state owes in area

Medicaid providers top the list of those state owes in area

DECATUR - With mounting bills yet to be paid by the state, Illinois hospitals and other health care facilities continue to face challenges as …

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State of Illinois' payment gap grows for medical services providers

CHAMPAIGN - Andrew Buffenbarger was expecting a check from the state of Illinois. What he got instead was a letter saying the Champaign County…

October 19, 2011 12:01 am(0)

School districts getting used to budgeting with late state aid

SPRINGFIELD - The state budget amounts to bad news and more bad news for Illinois schools. They're getting less money this year and they'll st…

October 19, 2011 12:01 am(0)

State universities maintain diverse sources of revenue to cope with state's chronically tardy payments

URBANA - Illinois' nine public universities are owed more than half a billion dollars by the state, part of an ongoing debt that contributes t…

October 19, 2011 12:01 am(0)
Programs funded by the state suffer through irregular, late payments

Programs funded by the state suffer through irregular, late payments

CHICAGO — When the  owner of a Southern Illinois child care center didn’t get the state funding he was promised on time and faced laying off e…

October 18, 2011 12:06 am Photos

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Purse theft, caught on video, nets arrest

DECATUR – A 28-year-old Dewitt woman was charged Tuesday with felony theft with a prior burglary conviction for grabbing the purse of a woman …

February 25, 2015 3:01 am

Photos: 2015 Mug Shots

Photos: 2015 Mug Shots

Arrest and booking photos are provided by law enforcement officials. Arrest does not imply guilt, and criminal charges are merely accusations.…

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Meth bust nets four arrests in Decatur

DECATUR – A Decatur couple, Joshua A. Cain and Sarah McGinnis, were each charged Tuesday with Class X methamphetamine manufacturing for allege…

February 25, 2015 12:01 am

Mother fights officer after son gets arrested

DECATUR — An alleged drunken Decatur mother who fought police in an attempt to stop them from arresting her adult son is facing her own set of…

February 24, 2015 5:00 am

Cat beaten to death by Decatur owner

DECATUR - A man decided to fix the odor problems in his apartment by beating his pet cat to death, according to police reports.

February 23, 2015 8:13 am

Motel housekeeper helps solve theft of TV

DECATUR – A 31-year-old Decatur man who recently served a lengthy prison term for attempted armed robbery is back in custody after he allegedl…

February 21, 2015 5:00 am(0)

Man picks up trouble by picking up wallet

Man picks up trouble by picking up wallet

DECATUR – A 48-year-old Decatur man is back in custody after he spent more than $400 on a credit and debit card from a correctional officer's …

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Piatt County meth case nets 12 arrests

MONTICELLO – Nine men and three women were charged in Piatt County Circuit Court with felony methamphetamine conspiracy after a lengthy police…

February 20, 2015 12:01 am

Deadbeat Illinois Headlines

Interest on state's unpaid bills further pinch budget

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois' giant stack of unpaid bills came with a hefty price tag last year.

Mar 13, 2014 | 12:00 am | (0) Comments

With state revenue up, lawmakers consider priorities

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois is set to collect $369 million more in tax revenue this year, state lawmakers learned Tuesday.

Nov 06, 2013 | 12:01 am | (1) Comments

Lawmakers haggle over back pay owed union members

SPRINGFIELD — The end-of-session push to approve a budget plan has made for some strange bedfellows in the Capitol.

May 30, 2013 | 12:01 am | (0) Comments

House passes pension boost ban as part of latest test vote on reform

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House approved legislation Thursday to limit the salary upon which retired state workers can base their pensions in the future.

Mar 08, 2013 | 4:01 am | (0) Comments

Series of pension votes fail in House; GOP refuses to participate

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers rejected a series of proposals Thursday that would have drastically reduced pension benefits for state employees.

Mar 01, 2013 | 3:01 am | (0) Comments

Quinn, lawmakers hope to use Thomson prison sale to pay state's bills

SPRINGFIELD — The Quinn administration wants to use some of the proceeds from the sale of the state’s unused maximum-security prison in Thomson to chip away at its mountain of unpaid bills.

Oct 03, 2012 | 12:01 am | (0) Comments

Deadbeat Illinois: Interest mounting on missed payments

PEORIA (AP) - When Illinois can't pay its bills in a timely fashion, the interest penalties it's required to add on by law deliver another blow to the cash-strapped state, but they do little to ease the pain of waiting vendors.

Oct 23, 2011 | 3:00 am | (0) Comments

Late payments make trouble for state's prisons

CARBONDALE - The Illinois Department of Corrections insists its failure to pay its bills on time isn't creating any safety concerns inside state prisons, but documents show one department executive warned of "a big problem looming" if a food supplier halted deliveries.

Oct 20, 2011 | 12:01 am | (0) Comments

Medicaid providers top the list of those state owes in area

Medicaid providers top the list of those state owes in area

DECATUR - With mounting bills yet to be paid by the state, Illinois hospitals and other health care facilities continue to face challenges as they work to serve their communities. According to a recent research project conducted by The Associated Press, the top five Decatur-area businesse…

Oct 19, 2011 | 12:01 am | (0) Comments

Service agencies, clients feel the pinch of late state payments

Service agencies, clients feel the pinch of late state payments

DECATUR — When Mike Foutch was released from Pinckneyville Correctional Center in August 2010, he was at risk of becoming one of roughly 1,000 people Heritage Behavioral Health Center could not help that year because of the state’s budget problems.

Oct 17, 2011 | 11:56 pm | (0) Comments

Funding failure was crucial for theater: Staff points to beginning of financial issues

Funding failure was crucial for theater: Staff points to beginning of financial issues

DECATUR — The years-long struggle to renovate downtown Decatur’s Lincoln Square Theatre may be close to an unsatisfactory conclusion.

Oct 17, 2011 | 6:00 am | (0) Comments

Local governments and schools must budget knowing state won't pay bills on time

Local governments and schools must budget knowing state won't pay bills on time

If local governments and school administrators knew for sure when the state was going to pay them, they could plan for it.

Oct 16, 2011 | 12:01 am | (0) Comments

More Unpaid Bills

Associated Press

Lawmakers unable to agree on solution for state's $5 billion backlog of unpaid bills

SPRINGFIELD - Don't look for quick action to reduce Illinois' huge backlog of unpaid bills, despite universal agreement among state leaders that the debt is unfair to businesses, charities and local governments that provide valuable services.

Oct 22, 2011 | 4:01 am

Hardship form, help from lawmakers often bumps overdue bills to the front of the line

SPRINGFIELD - If you plan on doing business with the state of Illinois, you'd better learn to beg, preferably to an influential politician.

Oct 21, 2011 | 12:01 am

State of Illinois' payment gap grows for medical services providers

CHAMPAIGN - Andrew Buffenbarger was expecting a check from the state of Illinois. What he got instead was a letter saying the Champaign County Nursing Home wouldn't be paid for its Medicaid services for 120 days.

Oct 19, 2011 | 12:01 am

State universities maintain diverse sources of revenue to cope with state's chronically tardy payments

URBANA - Illinois' nine public universities are owed more than half a billion dollars by the state, part of an ongoing debt that contributes to rising tuition, spending cuts, increasing class sizes on some campuses and a need to carefully manage reserves.

Oct 19, 2011 | 12:01 am

School districts getting used to budgeting with late state aid

SPRINGFIELD - The state budget amounts to bad news and more bad news for Illinois schools. They're getting less money this year and they'll still have to endure long waits to collect the smaller checks.

Oct 19, 2011 | 12:01 am

Programs funded by the state suffer through irregular, late payments

Programs funded by the state suffer through irregular, late payments

CHICAGO — When the  owner of a Southern Illinois child care center didn’t get the state funding he was promised on time and faced laying off employees and cutting services to low-income children, he borrowed money from family members to get by. 

Oct 18, 2011 | 12:06 am

Companies large and small are feeling pinch from inability of Illinois to pay

Companies large and small are feeling pinch from inability of Illinois to pay

SPRINGFIELD — Ambulance operators, pharmacists, aircraft repairmen, produce providers, funeral home directors, even racehorse owners.

Oct 17, 2011 | 6:00 am

Illinois pays bills late as part of its budget management, falling billions behind

Illinois pays bills late as part of its budget management, falling billions behind

SPRINGFIELD — Drowning in deficits, Illinois has turned to a deliberate policy of not paying billions of dollars in bills for months at a time, creating a cycle of hardship and sacrifice for residents and businesses helping the state carry out some of the most important government tasks.

Oct 16, 2011 | 12:15 am

More Unpaid Bills

Database: Unpaid Vouchers from Illinois

Database: Unpaid Vouchers from Illinois

"Deadbeat Illinois: The Painful Price of Unpaid Bills" is a joint project by The Associated Press and its members across Illinois. The goal is to highlight the state's decision not to pay its bills on time and to examine the extent of the impact on the people, businesses and human-service gr…

Oct 13, 2011 | 10:24 am | (0) Comments

Macon County governments owed the most

Illinois unpaid bills: Macon County governments owed the most as of mid-September

Oct 13, 2011 | 12:39 pm | (0) Comments

Macon County businesses owed the most

Illinois unpaid bills: Macon County businesses owed the most as of mid-September

Oct 13, 2011 | 12:40 pm | (0) Comments

Macon County social services owed the most

Illinois unpaid bills: Macon County social services owed the most as of mid-September

Oct 13, 2011 | 12:42 pm | (0) Comments

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