The state has distributed 13,716 payments totaling $8.8 million to Illinois child care providers. The action by State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka comes after members of the General Assembly passed legislation to provide additional funding for child care services for low-income families. The legislation was introduced this month after 40,000 child care providers were informed that they would not receive another payment until the new fiscal year begins on July 1.

“It was unconscionable for the state to blindside tens of thousands of child care providers and leave them without payment for three months,” Topinka said. “The General Assembly did the right thing in finding additional funds, and I have made it a priority to ensure that those checks go out immediately.”

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Even though child care providers are receiving payment, the comptroller’s office has more than 130,000 unpaid bills totaling $4.7 billion to businesses, schools, hospitals and service agencies throughout the state. When additional bills at state agencies are added in, including $2 billion in past due Medicaid payments, the state bill backlog reaches an estimated $8.5 billion.

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