Illinois’ fiscal situation is hitting state legislators in their wallets. They’ll finally be paid Tuesday for work done in May.
Illinois owes $8 billion, but it doesn’t have the money to pay right away.
That whopping backlog is hard to put in perspective.
But maybe not for legislators, who are only getting paid once that monthly expense reaches the top of the stack of overdue bills. Paying all 177 of them runs Illinois more than $1.1 million each month.
Better late than never. Legislators will get their annual salary of at least $67,000 a year.