July 26, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As Illinois’ estimated bill backlog sits at a record $14.3 billion, state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, is calling on Gov. Rauner to sign legislation that would reform how state agencies manage their finances and reveal the full extent of the state’s debt obligations.

“With an honest, bi-partisan, balanced budget in place, this transparency bill is one step that can be made to let taxpayers know how much money is owed to various entities across Illinois, including schools and social service providers,” Welch said. “Under Governor Rauner’s reign, Illinois’ bill backlog has tripled to a crippling level, and this particular legislation offers transparency and accountability to state government that is desperately needed.”Welch’s House Bill 3649 would require agencies to report monthly to the Comptroller the liabilities they are holding, plus an estimate of the account of late interest penalties that will be paid on those bills. According to the Comptroller’s O...

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