CHICAGO – A one-time infusion of higher-than-expected income tax revenue helped Illinois make a $2.7 billion dent in its chronic bill backlog but the salve is temporary as the number is expected to again climb in the coming months, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Wednesday.

The state entered the fourth quarter of the fiscal year in April with an $8.5 billion backlog but over that month cut that figure down to $5.8 billion, dramatically shortening vendors’ wait time for payment to one month from five to six months.

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