Comptroller's Quarterly

Comptroller's Quarterly - Spending on Target

In This Edition: While state spending is in line with budget projections, Illinois is expected to bring in less revenue than last spring and may ultimately end the fiscal year with a higher bill backlog than one year ago.

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Quarterly Edition 12 - January 2014 - Spending On Target, but Backlog May Grow

Unpaid bills likely to surpass last year

In this edition: While state spending is in line with budget projections, Illinois is expected to bring in less revenue than last spring and may ultimately end the fiscal year with a higher bill backlog than one year ago.

Quarterly Edition 11, November 2013 - State Clear's Out Last Year's Bills

Earliest close of expenses since 2009

Stronger first quarter revenues, coupled with fewer lapse period transactions, have allowed Illinois to pay all of its General Funds bills from the previous fiscal year earlier than at any time since 2009.

Quarterly Edition 10, July 2013 - Bill Backlog Drops…For Now

Payment delays expected to grow in coming months

Illinois concluded fiscal year 2013 with an overall bill backlog that was $1.4 billion smaller than the same time last year, but the financial improvement is expected to be short-lived. The state moved into fiscal year 2014 with an estimated total bill backlog of $6.1 billion, compared to $7.5 billion one year ago.

Quarterly Edition 09, May 2013 - Payment Delays Persist as 2015 Looms

Strong tax season provides short-term relief

While a stronger-than-expected tax season helped the state temporarily reduce the size of the bill backlog, it is expected to have little impact on Illinois’ long-term fiscal health. The Illinois Office of the Comptroller (IOC) estimates the state’s obligations to not decrease any further by the end of the fiscal year on June 30. And with the income tax increase scheduled to sunset in 2015, Illinois is expected to continue to see considerable payment delays for the foreseeable future.

Quarterly Edition 08, February 2013 - Two Years Later: Backlog Grows

General Assembly addresses appropriation shortfalls

Two years after Illinois raised individual and corporate tax rates, the state continues to suffer through substantial bill backlogs and payment delays. Recent action by the General Assembly, however, ensured sufficient appropriations will be available to fund certain critical state services and programs through the end of the fiscal year.

Quarterly Edition 07, November 2012 - Backlog Grows - Fiscal Outlook Cloudy

Underfunded budget creates more unknowns

At the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, the backlog of unpaid bills at the Comptroller's Office (IOC) had grown by more than $2 billion when compared to the same time last year, even as state income and corporate tax revenues grew by nearly $150 million. At the end of October, a similar situation continued to exist.

Quarterly Edition 06, July 2012 - Revenue Grows, Bill Backlog Remains

Little improvement seen as fiscal year ends

As Illinois reached the end of the fiscal year, persistent payment delays continued despite significant revenue increases. In fact, the state moved into fiscal year 2013 – following the first full year of state tax increases – with an estimated $7.5 to $8 billion in unpaid obligations, slightly lower than the $8.5 billion total of the last two fiscal years.

Quarterly Edition 05, April 2012 - Backlog Grows as State Treads Water

Payment Delays Expected to Persist

SPRINGFIELD - Despite being three quarters into the first full year of the state tax increases, Illinois’ financial position has not improved. In fact, the bill backlog has increased in the most recent quarter, and payment delays are expected to persist for foreseeable future.

Quarterly Edition 04, January 2012 - Backlog Persists Despite New Revenue

Little Improvement Seen One Year After Tax Increases

Springfield– One year after Illinois raised individual and corporate income tax rates, the state remains in a precarious fiscal position with persistent payment delays – and the situation is unlikely to significantly
improve in the near-term.

Quarterly Edition 03, October 2011- Staggering Fiscal Challenges Remain

Bill backlog numbers provide incomplete picture

While a quick glance at the state’s bill backlog might suggest an improved fiscal condition for Illinois, it only tells a part of the story.