backlog of bills Illinois Bond Sale To Help Pay $16bn Debts By Brian Mackey • Oct 18, 2017 The state of Illinois has taken another step toward improving its financial situation, selling $1.5 billion in bonds to help pay down the backlog of overdue bills. Comptroller Tells Rauner: Get Going on the Bill Backlog By Brian Mackey • Aug 8, 2017 File photo: Brian Mackey Democratic Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is urging Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to step up the pace in dealing with the state's debt. Illinois Finally Compensating Unjustly Imprisoned By Brian Mackey • Jul 24, 2017 Illinois is finally making good on some of its most overdue bills — compensating people who were unjustly imprisoned. Interview: 'I Shouldn't Have This Much Power' By Brian Mackey • Jun 7, 2017 Illinois government has been deadlocked on a state budget for 23 months. During that time, the once-perfunctory job of comptroller has gained in power and prominence.