CHICAGO — Illinois' fiscal position in the last quarter improved but it may be short-lived as bills are again mounting and the income tax windfall that has eased payment of the prior year's bills as fiscal 2014 began won't be repeated, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka warned in a quarterly fiscal report.

The state was able to pay off all of its previous-year bills during the first quarter that ended Sept. 30. In contrast, the state closed out the first quarter of the 2013 fiscal year with $1.4 billion of prior year bills.

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