Judge to Decide Which Bills Get Paid First

Illinois government is sitting on $14.68 billion of bills it can’t afford to pay. 

Providers of Medicaid, the state-run health care program for the poor, are suing to get to the front of the line. They’ll find out soon enough. 

Federal Judge Joan Lefkow signaled in a hearing Tuesday morning that she will issue a ruling sometime Wednesday. 

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