June 8, 2011
We write today to apprise you of the current status of state payments. Unfortunately, there is no change for the better. The State of Illinois is still in dire financial condition, and the date upon which your Fiscal Year 2011 grants will be paid remains uncertain. As of June 8, 2011 the Comptroller is working on vouchers from December 29, 2010.
We have heard from many of you that this delay and uncertainty is impacting your organization's ability to function. The role you serve in the provision of the arts to the citizens of our state is quite simply essential and we deeply regret the serious problems these delays are causing you. However, the issuance of payments for the vouchers submitted is not subject to the Illinois Arts Council's control. Payment is the purview of the state Office of the Comptroller, which can only pay bills for which it has funds. We will continue to keep you updated on any further developments regarding payments.
Again, our thanks for your continued hard work to provide quality arts programming and art work throughout the state of Illinois. And our most sincere apologies for the hardships these historic delays in payment are causing.
Shirley R. Madigan Terry ScrogumChairman Executive Director
Illinois Arts Council Illinois Arts Council