CHICAGO — Illinois ended the last fiscal quarter with a pile of $5.9 billion in overdue bills, $2 billion more than a year ago even though tax collections are on the rise, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka reported this week in her office's quarterly overview of the state's balance sheet.

The release of the report came as Gov. Pat Quinn's budget director Jerry Stermer testified before a legislative hearing on state finances and suggested that the administration would like to resurrect a borrowing plan to pay down bills.

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