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Illinois Pays Top Dollar To Borrow

Compared to states with top credit ratings, Illinois will reportedly pay almost two percent more in annual interest on the $550 million it borrowed for infrastructure on June 16. 

That adds up to tens of millions of dollars over the coming years. 

“That’s a pretty steep penalty,” said Tom Schuette, a partner at Gurtin Fixed Income Management. “But when you consider where Illinois is at—with no budget, with a backlog of bills, with a slew of other issues—you could question whether or not that’s a steep enough penalty to pay.” 

Illinois has the lowest credit rating of any state.

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