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Hynes: Illinois Finances Hurt By Blago's Refusal To Leave Office

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Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes says Governor Rod Blagojevich’s refusal to leave office is hurting the state’s finances. Hynes says the political turmoil is affecting the state’s ability to borrow money and pay its bills. He says that will have a big impact on services for Illinois residents.

HYNES: We’re going to have more physicians leaving the medicaid program. We’re going to see hospitals possibly closing. So this is a horrible ripple effect that goes from immediately to those who provide services that will eventually hurt people who rely on state services.

Hynes says the state’s had an ongoing problem paying its bills this year. The governor’s budget office postponed a borrowing plan earlier this week.

A spokesperson says the office thought it was the prudent thing to do, but would not elaborate.

She says the state hopes to borrow the money by the end of the month so it can pay the bills.

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