CHICAGO — Illinois may make some progress in paying down its massive bill backlog in its fiscal 2014 budget, but it missed an opportunity to ease the growing strains on the state's fiscal foundation, a new report warns.

The assessment that Illinois missed opportunities to face up to its ongoing pension crisis and the looming expiration of a tax increase comes from the Civic Federation of Chicago's Institute for Illinois' Fiscal Sustainability in its review of the state's budget.

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