Unexpected Funds



An unexpected windfall of $1.2 billion has given the state's service providers a moment of relief. But those agencies still are waiting on $5.8 billion in bills the state has not paid and prospects for longer-term relief are uncertain.
 
Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's office warns that the $1.2 billion in unanticipated tax revenue used to pay down the bills is a one-time occurrence. She says lawmakers should not count on having that money next year.
 
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois says it continues to operate in crisis mode. The agency is owed $8 million from the state. Elgin's Community Crisis Center fears the problem won't be permanently solved until the state also deals with its pension crisis.
 
The Democratic controlled Legislature approved a $35.4 billion budget last week.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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