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Good News, Bad News for Illinois Budget
Tonight, there is some good news and bad news about Illinois' massive backlog of bills. The Civic Federation said the mix of overdue bills, Medicaid payments, and insurance claims could drop by 14 percent to $7.6 billion.
But here are the trouble spots: they said state officials didn't include enough money for the Medicaid program and insurance claims from public employees, and argue some projections for trimming Medicaid costs are unrealistic.
The Civic Federation warns that unless these problems are addressed, the deficit could start growing again.