Billions in unpaid bills not yet even sent to the state comptroller

Susana Mendoza

Illinois is chasing a moving target as it tries to dig out of the nation’s worst budget crisis

A recent review by the office of Comptroller Susana Mendoza found that $7.5 billion worth of unpaid bills hadn’t even been sent to Mendoza at the end of June.

Although many of those unprocessed bills have since been paid, the office says a similar amount has now replaced them.

That’s in addition to $9 billion worth of checks that are at the office but being delayed because the state lacks the money to pay them.