Judge tosses $100 million lawsuit against Illinois from unpaid providers

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Posted: Aug 31, 2016 5:13 PM

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed against Illinois by a coalition of unpaid social service providers, which had tried to force the state to pay them more than $100 million in overdue bills.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Rodolfo Garcia ruled that the state, with about $8 billion in unpaid bills, was immune from lawsuits of this type.

He said, however, that his ruling would allow the human-service organizations to quickly take their case to the Illinois Appellate Court.

(Reporting by Dave McKinney)