A bill requiring the state to pay its debts on time failed to pass the Illinois House of Representatives on Thursday, March 20.
State Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) sponsored the bill, which sought to require payment of state bills within two months of the end of the end of the fiscal year.
According to Drury, the state puts off paying its bills until the following year to manipulate the annual budget.
He said the proposed legislation is timely, as the General Assembly and Gov. Pat Quinn begin to discuss how to address the pending rollback of the 2011 income tax increase, which has not been used to pay down Illinois’ debt.
Drury argued that his legislation would achieve a different result by requiring the General Assembly to consider spending as part of the revenue debate.
“This is a sad, sad day for the people of Illinois,” Drury said in a statement. “The bill simply requires Illinois to do what hard-working, honest people do every day — pay its bills.”
Drury is serving his first term and represents all or parts of Bannockburn, Deerfield, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Knollwood, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Northbrook, North Chicago and Riverwoods.