The new fiscal year in Illinois has not been kind to non-profit organizations that depend on state payments.
State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka held a roundtable discussion with over 40 area non-profit leaders in Rockford on Monday to discuss the state budget's implications for area businesses. Topinka said the goal of the talk is to emphasize the state's responsibility to pay those organizations on a timely basis.
"Because these folks have a lot of problems," Topinka explained. "They handle the most vulnerable people in our society and when you don't pay them they really have their backs against the wall."
Topinka said she will expedite payments to some organizations to help keep them from going under.