Part of the recently passed state budget calls for borrowing to pay down more than $14 billion in outstanding bills — saving the state millions in late payment penalties.
But Gov. Rauner has to start that process, and this week he cast doubt on whether he will.
“More borrowing, in and of itself, is not the answer," Rauner told reporters Monday.
Those overdue bills were a big factor in why many Republicans defied Rauner to help Democrats pass the budget.
Rep. David Harris, R-Arlington Heights, points to the $800 million in penalties accumulated by the state.