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Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008 04:59 am

Steamed press

What’s black and white and red with fury all over? The 600 member newspapers of the Illinois Press Association. In July, the Illinois Secretary of State awarded the association a contract worth $806,166 to publish announcements for the proposed Constitutional Convention ballot initiative. Now newspapers, along with pharmacists, doctors, nursing homes and daycare centers have to wait who knows how long to get paid.

“We have been and will continue to work with the Secretary of State’s Office and the Comptroller’s Office to get payment as soon as possible. While we are planning on getting paid (and paying you) in December, payments might not go out until January,” IPA advertising director Jeffrey J. Holman informed members last week.

In the meantime, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Comptroller Dan Hynes discussed borrowing cash to pay some of the state’s bills. The Con-Con proposal, which ultimately failed, would have made it possible to reorganize state government, including how finances are handled.

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