What Happens To Money The State Owes Organizations?
Illinois’ state government signed some contracts with outside groups even though it knew there wasn’t a budget to pay them. Now lawmakers are trying to figure out how - and if - those groups will get paid.
At a hearing at the Statehouse Chicago Democrat Greg Harris estimated the Department of Human Services owes about $357 million dollars that it spent without an appropriation. Harris suggested the legislature shouldn’t have to provide that money, when the agency - which reports to the governor - spent it.