Illinois Senate OKs ‘debt transparency’ measure

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has endorsed monthly reporting of incoming bills despite a veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The Senate’s 52-3 vote Wednesday to override the Republican governor’s action makes the “debt transparency act” state law beginning Jan. 1.

The plan was pushed by Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza. She says it will help her prioritize bill-paying with the state facing nearly $17 billion in overdue bills.

Current law requires annual reporting in October of bills state agencies had on hand as of June 30. Mendoza says that’s too outdated to help her plan.

Rauner vetoed the measure. He accused Mendoza of trying to “micromanage” the governor’s budgeting authority. Then he said the program would be too expensive.

There was no discussion before the Senate’s override vote.