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In this Dec. 4, 2012 photo, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is seen in Springfield, Ill. An unexpected windfall of $1.2 billion has given the state’s service providers a moment of relief. But those agencies still are waiting on $5.8 billion in bills the state has not paid, and prospects for a more permanent solution are uncertain. Topinka’s office warns that the $1.2 billion in unanticipated tax revenue used to pay the bills is a one-time occurrence. She says lawmakers should not count on having that money next year.

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