Quinn Signs Legislation to Pay off Overdue Bills


More than $1 billion of the state's overdue bills are being paid off. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday signed legislation that pays down the bill backlog of a number of social service providers.

The Community Care Program will receive $142 million. The governor's office says another $235 million will go to care for people with developmental disabilities.

Group health insurance will receive $350 million and $500 million will go to Medicaid bills.

The bill includes $42 million to make payroll at the Department of Corrections and $6 billion for the state's pension contributions.

The legislation is one of several budget bills that will cross the governor's desk. The legislature last week passed a $35.4 billion budget for the next fiscal year, which starts in July.

Story source: AP