WMBD/WYZZ TV – PEORIA -- Illinois' Comptroller was in Central Illinois to talk about the state's budget with some concerned citizens. Dan Hynes says we'll be facing a nine-billion-dollar deficit in the next fiscal year. And many state agencies are still waiting on their funding.
Hynes says the state has six-billion-dollars of back logged debt. More than one-and-a-half billion dollars of that debt comes from the Department of Health Care and Family Services. Hynes says it's essential to pay that debt so the state doesn't add to the economic crisis.
Governor Quinn should be addressing how they plan to tackle the state's budget next week. Hynes says the state has been spending out of its means for years.