CHICAGO — A fiscal meltdown awaits Illinois in the coming years as its bill backlog rises from $9.2 billion this year to $34.8 billion in fiscal 2017 unless state lawmakers take action to rein in growing pension and Medicaid costs, a government research organization warned Monday.

The Chicago Civic Federation projects the state will close out fiscal 2012 on June 30 owing as much as $9.2 billion in unpaid bills. That figure rises to $34.8 billion in five years based on anticipated increases in Medicaid, health care, and pension payments and the expected drop in revenue after a portion of a nincome tax increase expires, said  the federation’s Institute for Illinois’ Fiscal Sustainability.

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