Judy Baar Topinka http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Simon Announces Bid For Illinois Comptroller http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/simon-announces-bid-illinois-comptroller <p>Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon&nbsp;officially announced Wednesday that she's running for Illinois comptroller, ending five months of uncertainty about which statewide office she'll seek in 2014.</p><p>The Carbondale Democrat made her announcement Wednesday morning in downtown Chicago.&nbsp;Simon announced in February that she wouldn't seek another term with Gov. Pat Quinn.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:04:27 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press 28696 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Simon Announces Bid For Illinois Comptroller Income Taxes To Cover Millions In Interest For Unpaid Bills In Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/income-taxes-cover-millions-interest-unpaid-bills-illinois <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois Comptroller Judy </span>Baar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Topinka<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the ever-long list of vendors waiting on payments from the state means taxpayers have to pay interest and their money is being "flushed away."</span></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:51:31 +0000 The Associated Press 25437 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Income Taxes To Cover Millions In Interest For Unpaid Bills In Illinois Morning headlines: Friday, April 20, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-april-20-2012 <p><strong>Washington University officials&nbsp;on the lookout for bacterial meningitis&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Officials at Washington University are on the lookout for possible cases of bacterial meningitis after a female undergraduate student was diagnosed with the bacteria that can cause the illness.</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 12:44:16 +0000 Alex King & The Associated Press 3533 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, April 20, 2012 Comptroller: Ill. will prioritize tornado-related bills http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/comptroller-ill-will-prioritize-tornado-related-bills <p>Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says her&nbsp;office will prioritize paying state bills accrued after <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/deaths-damage-following-sweep-severe-storms-through-branson-mo-harrisburg-ill">a tornado&nbsp;tore through the city of Harrisburg</a>, leaving six people dead.</p><p>Topinka said Thursday that her office will work with businesses&nbsp;impacted by Wednesday&#39;s severe weather. She says the state will&nbsp;prioritize payments to businesses committed to clean-up and&nbsp;recovery efforts in Saline County.</p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 22:02:59 +0000 The Associated Press 3184 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Comptroller: Ill. will prioritize tornado-related bills Morning headlines: Thursday, January 19, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-january-19-2012 <p><strong>Ill. unpaid bills top $4.2 billion in Comptroller&#39;s office</strong></p><p>Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says there are&nbsp; even more bills piled up in other government departments. She said Wednesday the state&#39;s overall backlog is about $8.5 billion. That means organizations that provide services for the state, from businesses to hospitals to charity groups, must wait months to be paid for their work. Topinka&#39;s office is still paying bills that date back to Sept. 1 - four and a half months ago.</p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:24:30 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 2887 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, January 19, 2012 At Illinois State Fair, Illinois GOP says budget, economy key issues for next year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-state-fair-illinois-gop-says-budget-economy-key-issues-next-year <p>Illinois Republicans say the state budget and national economy are key to their political fortunes next year.</p><p>They hope to chip away at the Democratic majority in the state legislature and protect the congressional seats they picked up in 2010.</p><p>As they gathered at the Illinois State Fair on Thursday, Republican leaders accused Democrats of mismanaging the Illinois budget. They criticized the recent income tax increase and Gov. Pat Quinn&#39;s proposal to borrow money to pay overdue bills that are piling up.</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:59:31 +0000 The Associated Press 1895 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org At Illinois State Fair, Illinois GOP says budget, economy key issues for next year Ill. budget woes mean long waits for tax refunds http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-budget-woes-mean-long-waits-tax-refunds <p>Illinois businesses waiting for long-overdue tax refunds aren&#39;t getting any good news from the state capitol.</p><p>Illinois owes about $850 million to roughly 36,000 businesses that overpaid their income taxes. Some have been waiting since 2008 to get their money.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn proposed borrowing money to pay the refunds, but legislators have shown little interest in that idea.</p><p>Budget proposals being considered by Democratic lawmakers would do little to chip away at the backlog.</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 17:24:49 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 1047 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. budget woes mean long waits for tax refunds Illinois legislators propose combining state Comptroller, Treasurer offices http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-legislators-propose-combining-state-comptroller-treasurer-offices <p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/comptroller/illinois-senate-committee-debate-combining-comptroller-treasurer-offices">Reporting from WBEZ's Tony Arnold</a> used in this story.</em></p><p>Illinois legislators are preparing to debate a plan that would combine two elected offices into one.</p><p>The proposal would change the <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/conmain.htm">state Constitution</a>, combining the Treasurer's office and the Comptroller's office. Both deal with the finances of Illinois, the treasurer with investments and the comptroller is in charge of dispersing the state's money.</p><p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 22:33:44 +0000 WBEZ & Kelsey Proud 530 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois legislators propose combining state Comptroller, Treasurer offices