Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s new Illinois Nonprofit Advisory Council is looking to help service organizations stay open. "We’re going to meet regularly,” said Topinka, “to explore what is possible, what we can come up to better meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents.” The group’s first meeting emphasized the effects of delayed payments from the state. Topinka accused Illinois legislators of not realizing the positive impact these groups have on their communities.
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“I don’t understand if they’re taken for granted,” said Topinka, “or if they’re just easy pickings for the legislator to cut, but we’re going to have none of it.” Last summer, Topinka encouraged nonprofit agencies around Illinois to contact the comptroller’s office if state payment delays were forcing them to close.