State Comptroller urging local not for profits to contact her

By WEEK Producer

July 30, 2012 Updated Jul 30, 2012 at 10:18 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is urging local not for profits to contact her office if the state's late payments are threatening services.

Topinka visited PARC, a local agency serving 600 individuals with developmental disabilities. The state is about a month and half behind in paying some human service agencies, for PARC that works out to $1.2 million shortage.

Over the last two years, PARC has borrowed millions in order to provide necessary services to clients. Topinka says she is aware of the problem and is doing what she can to keep everyone afloat.

"Although they are all needy, like anything else some are a little needier than others. We try to get those folks at the top of the heap as much as possible but, again, it's a very subjective process," said Topinka.

"We have to borrow money. Last year we spent about $12,000 in interest because we had to borrow funds to make payroll and mortgage payments because of delays in state payments," Kristen Berchtold, the Vice President of Development for PARC.

Topinka urges agencies to contact her office at www dot illinois comptroller dot com if they need help.

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