Illinois taxpayers had to fund more than $318 million in interest payments in fiscal year 2013 to vendors who weren't paid as a result of the state's ongoing cash flow woes.

The interest payments were more than double the $136 million reportedly paid in fiscal year 2012. The figure was $91 million in 2011; $97 million in 2010; and $39.6 million in 2009. The spike in interest occurred as the state pushed to pay down its' soaring Medicaid bills at a time when federal government stimulus money had dried up.

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