On June 30, I sent a letter to Governor Pat Quinn, asking that he repay charitable funds that he has used during the current fiscal year to pay the state’s bills.

The Administration has borrowed $1.176 million from 11 tax check-off funds during Fiscal Year 2011.

Once again, the people who are owed money by Illinois are shouldering the burden of a lack of fiscal management. Thousands of vendors are waiting for payments, and now charitable organizations are being denied the funds given to them voluntarily by Illinois taxpayers. Governor Quinn’s budget people claim that this $1.176 million will be repaid, but the money is not currently available to the charities. The state also has the additional costs of the interest that it will pay on these “loans.”

I will also introduce legislation that will limit the Governor’s ability to raid the state’s many different funds without legislative approval.

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