SPRINGFIELD - 2013 is ending with some good news for the state.
Illinois' backlog of unpaid bills has decreased from about $9 billion to $7.6 billion, that's according to Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
However, the pension reform bill acts as sort of a wild card. It's unknown how, if at all, it'll affect the backlog and adding to the confusion is that the unions filed a lawsuit against the bill last Friday.
Still, it's welcome news for the state, especially when you consider Topinka's office predicted as recently as November that the backlog of bills would be closer to $9 billion.