There may not be a state budget in place, but money is still going to organizations. A man running for comptroller thinks that process should be better organized. State Senator Daniel Biss says the comptroller’s office is having trouble following court ordered payments to various groups. He thinks lawmakers, and for that matter taxpayers, should know who’s getting paid and in what order.
“As long as we’re living in this patchwork quilt situation, we need to have the comptroller explain, hey, here’s who’s getting paid, in what order, and why,” Biss says.
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Court documents show the comptroller paid nearly $800 million to entities not covered under court orders, mainly to pay schools and state employees.
Biss says Comptroller Leslie Munger is working through an unusual situation, but wouldn’t say his potential opponent is shirking her responsibilities. A hearing on this topic is scheduled for September 8th in Chicago.