Anxious legislators will once again see a deposit from the state of Illinois in their bank accounts. They’re getting paid tomorrow.
Illinois doesn’t have enough money in the bank to pay all of its own bills. As a result, the comptroller’s office is way behind paying businesses contracted to do work for the state.
The backlog of overdue bills is approaching $8 billion. A lot of money, to be sure.
But what does that even mean?
Maybe the best way to measure it: How often legislators themselves are getting paid.