Past Due: The Haves And Have-Nots Of State Payments

Nov 5, 2015

The butter cow sculpture from the 2014 Illinois State Fair featured a mother and son. Sharon BuMann sculpted the 2015 and 2014 butter cows, as well as several past cows.
Credit Illinois Department of Agriculture

Musical acts for the state fair were paid up front while the artist who sculpted the fair’s iconic butter cow is still waiting for her check. Meanwhile, an agency that helps survivors of sexual assault is in danger of closing as it waits for funding. 

In a recent story, Reuters politics and public finance reporter Dave McKinney took a look at these haves and have-nots when it comes to getting paid by the state. You can find that story here.  


Illinois Public Radio reporter Jamey Dunn talked with McKinney about his story for this week’s installment of Past Due.