Topinka talks funding for not-for-profits during Peoria stop

By WEEK Producer

February 28, 2014 Updated Mar 1, 2014 at 12:11 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka stopped in Peoria Friday, highlighting the challenges facing not-for-profits in Illinois.

In her last quarterly report released in November, Topinka said the state has $4.6 billion in unpaid bills. That massive backlog causes a delay in payments to nonprofits like the Crittenton Centers in Peoria.

A large portion of the Crittenton Centers budget comes from the state. Topinka says, after mandatory payments. not-for-profits are first on her list for funding.

"I want to make sure you can get as much as you can get, when you can get it, when I have it to give," Topinka said. "It's just a matter of, when our economy improves, it will get better."

The Crittenton Centers have been supporting children and families in Central Illinois since 1892.

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