SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Illinois officials have notified group homes and other agencies for the developmentally disabled that they won't be paid for one month of services this fiscal year.
The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that a letter to providers says there's not enough money in the current budget to pay them. Deferred payments will come from next year's budget. The fiscal year starts July 1.
The letter from Kevin Casey, director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities, says the payment lag for some facilities will stretch to more than four months.
Late payments have become the norm in Illinois. It's part of the state's policy of not paying billions of dollars in bills for months at a time.
Unpaid bills have meant agencies have fired workers, borrowed money and delayed paying staff.
Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com
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