CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed $62.4 billion fiscal 2014 operating budget won the endorsement of a local government watchdog group, but the positive assessment was tempered by the organization's alarm over the state's mountain of unpaid bills and pension crisis.

The analysis by the Civic Federation of Chicago's Institute for Illinois' Fiscal Sustainability endorses the governor's budget for making progress on paying down bills, reducing the expected $7.6 billion backlog this year to $6.8 billion. It also praises the budget for not relying on borrowing and being balanced based on projected revenues.

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