CHICAGO -- A group of Democratic legislators in Illinois has called on Gov. Jim Edgar to borrow money to pay off a backlog of state bills that reached $820 million at the end of November.

State Rep. Bill Edley, D-Macomb, a member of the so-called Downstate Democratic Caucus, said while the group was nut suggesting how much the state should borrow in the debt market, the administration should resort to issuing debt instead of borrowing from providers of goods and services who have been forced to wait more than 100 days to get paid by the state.

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