Illinois businesses waiting for long-overdue tax refunds aren't getting any good news from the state capitol.
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.
Gov. Pat Quinn proposed borrowing money to pay the refunds, but legislators have shown little interest in that idea.
Budget proposals being considered by Democratic lawmakers would do little to chip away at the backlog.
Updated 3:20 p.m. with Illinois Public Radio story including more detail and comment from Rutherford.
Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.
Illinois' treasurer invests the state's money. The Comptroller pays the bills. A measure approved by the Senate today would merge the two constitutional offices.
Supporters say it makes "sense" - literally and metaphorically. According to projections, the consolidation would result in a savings of $12 million.
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