State comptroller forms Illinois Non-profit Advisory Council

By WEEK Producer

July 17, 2013 Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 9:07 AM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- One Illinois politician is working to help make sure the state's non-profits get paid on time.

On Wednesday, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka announced the formation of the Illinois Non-profit Advisory Council.

The council's primary goal is to help improve communication between the comptroller's office and non-profits. That communication will help make sure that programs and facilities are not shut down due to non-payment from the state.

Calvin Williams of the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce is helping to represent the Peoria area.

"When a non-profit organization struggles due to late payments or not understanding the process then that service also struggles," said Williams.

"We're talking about service organizations that serve our sick, our elderly, our mentally disabled. Residents who really and truly need government," said Topinka.

The group of 17 and Topinka met for the first time on Wednesday.

Topinka went on to say she expects a big announcement from the group next year.

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