Paying the Bills



More than $1 billion of the state's overdue bills are being paid off.
 
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday signed legislation that pays down the bill backlog of a number of social service providers.
 
The Community Care Program will receive $142 million. The governor's office says another $235 million will go to care for people with developmental disabilities. Group health insurance will receive $350 million and $500 million will go to Medicaid bills.
 
The bill includes $42 million to make payroll at the Department of Corrections and $6 billion for the state's pension contributions.
 
The legislation is one of several budget bills that will cross the governor's desk. The legislature last week passed a $35.4 billion budget for the next fiscal year, which starts in July.
 
(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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