State comptroller meets with area not-for-profits

By WEEK Reporter

July 15, 2013 Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka met with area not-for-profit agencies on Monday to discuss the new fiscal year and where not-for-profit organizations fit in to the state budget.

During a stop by the Center for Prevention of Abuse, Topinka said she will try to expedite payments to organizations in severe fiscal troubles.

"Organizations are going to continue to feel the pinch. We may not be able to pay everything we owe you at one crack because we don't have a large amount of money, but we will probably be able to get you enough to get you passed the hump and then we'll put you on a payment schedule," said Topinka.

She said the state deficit fell in June to $6.1 billion but the debt is expected to climb back to $9 billion by December.

She said a solution to the state's pension reform crisis could help but legislators need to be careful.

Last week Topinka requested a legal review into Governor Quinn's decision to withhold pay from legislators until they pass comprehensive pension reform.

The review should be completed before lawmakers are scheduled to receive their next paychecks on August 1.

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