Officials in Illinois and Missouri at odds over virus aid

Susana A. Mendoza – Photo

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Though neighbors, some elected officials in Missouri and Illinois are at odds as Congress considers another coronavirus aid package. Democratic Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza said Friday that the state has $6.5 billion of unpaid bills unrelated to the coronavirus and an additional projected budget hole of $7 billion because of the coronavirus hit to the economy. She says Illinois needs help from Congress to cover that $7 billion hole. But three-fourths of Missouri’s Republican state lawmakers signed onto a letter Friday criticizing Illinois’ financial management. They urged Congress to reject “bailout” requests from states.