Illinois Comptroller urges General Assembly to get finances in order

By WEEK Producer

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM CDT

ILLINOIS -- Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said the state is getting better at paying it's bills but said that is only temporary.

Topinka said the state got additional tax money to pay bills, but it has been used to pay off back debts.

She warned the General Assembly to get its financial house in order.

"And no meat axes on this," said Topinka. "Careful cutting so you're not hurting people, you're not throwing people under the bus. It can be done, it takes time. But again, you gotta get the pension taken care of- the pension situation. You've gotta get Medicaid taken care of. And, you gotta understand that come August we're going to bump up again in terms of the money we're gonna owe folks."