October, 2011. Information in this fact sheetcomes from three sources: data on late statepayments from the Illinois Comptroller’sOffice, information published by theAssociated Press, and a survey of humanservice organizations in Illinois.
State Payment Data
State payment data were obtained via aFreedom of Information Act Requestsubmitted to the Illinois Office of theComptroller. Data reflect a point in timesnapshot as of October 12, 2011 of cleared billsawaiting payment.
Associated Press Analysis
The Associated Press analyzed statedocuments on unpaid bills and published itsfindings in a series of stories, available onIllinois Partner’s website.
The survey was conducted in September 2011.238 organizations responded, though not allanswered every question. The most commonservices provided by the respondingorganizations were:
mental health(44%), employment and training (39%),homeless/housing (32%), adult education(25%), disability (25%), and early childhoodeducation (25%).
Responding organizations provide servicesthroughout Illinois:
56% in Cook County, 32% inNorthern Counties, 12% in North-CentralCounties, 10% in South-Central Counties, and8% in Southern Counties.
Human services are essential supports that enhance the well-being and quality of life of people, families, andcommunities throughout Illinois. They affirm human dignity andavert more costly approachesto addressing individualand societal need. Such programs are among the wisest of public investments. The majority of human services providedin Illinois are delivered by organizations at the community level. The State’s failure to provide timely payment toproviders who are serving in this role is unfair, forcing providers, in effect, to serve as lenders to the state. As thefollowing survey results and data indicate, continued cuts and late payments are damaging Illinois’ human servicessafety net with negative ripple effects throughout individual lives and local communities.
Amount of unpaid state bills
Percent of total unpaid state bills owed to contracts held with thestate’s core human service agencies (Departments of Aging, Children andFamily Services, Human Services, Healthcare and Family Services, andPublic Health)
Number of state contracts with nonprofit organizations awaitingpayment
Median amount owed by the state on contracts withnonprofit organizations
Number of contracts with nonprofits where the state owes over aquarter million dollars (with 192 owed over half a million and 106 owedover one million dollars)
Number of days it takes Illinois to pay a bill after the paperwork iscompleted
Where Illinois ranks nationwide when it comes to late payments
Number of clients served last fiscal year by organizations in
that responded to survey on the impact of the statebudget cuts and late payments
10,128 and 6,557:
The number of full-time and part-time workerscurrently employed by responding organizations in
The percent of responding organizations inNorthern Countiesthat havebeen negatively impacted by state budget cuts and by delayedpayments, respectively. 88% of those impacted have beensimultaneously hit by both state budget cuts and late payments.