CHICAGO — In a sign of Illinois’ ongoing fiscal challenges, its net assets deteriorated by $8.4 billion in fiscal 2010, pushing its deficit in that category of financial reporting up to a negative $37.9 billion, according to a new report from state auditor general William Holland.

The deficit tops all other states in the nation, according to Holland’s opinion released late last week on the state’s fiscal 2010 financial results, which are prepared by the state comptroller’s office.

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