Officials say big dent made in unpaid bills in a year

By Alex Davis |

Published 03/03 2014 06:12PM

Updated 03/03 2014 06:25PM

ILLINOIS -- State leaders say they're doing a better job of paying the state's bills. It's being reported by the governor's budget office, but does anyone outside of Quinn's administration support the findings?

Both sides agree progress is being made when it comes to paying down some debt. In January 2013, the state owed $9 billion in unpaid bills. As of January 2014, the number was cut to just over $5.5 billion. The director of the Office of Management and Budget says it could drop even further.

The budget office says the General Assembly is making greater strides to reduce the backlog. Even though lawmakers feel the state is making progress, they say there still is more work to do.

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