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Report: Overdue Bills Could Soon Consume Half Of State Revenue

Digging a hole. A really deep hole.
David Stillman
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Illinois has never really dug its way out from the Great Recession, the Civic Federation says.

A nonpartisan research group says Illinois’ desperate financial condition is getting even worse.

The Civic Federation of Chicago says unless something is done soon, by next year the state’s pile of unpaid bills could consume half of all new tax revenue.

The group has published an 86-page report outlining where it thinks Illinois ought to go.

Statehouse reporter Brian Mackey called up Federation President Laurence Msall to talk about the group’s analysis and recommendations.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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