Governments Recoup 450k From Debt Collection Program

SPRINGFIELD — Some state tax filers might notice their refunds are a little lighter — if those filers also owe money to a local government.

A debt-recovery program run through the Illinois Comptroller’s Office in 2018 garnished $40 million from debtors’ state tax refunds and sent it back to 400 units of government statewide. Of that, a little more than $450,000 was divided among 15 institutions across Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Marshall and Fulton counties, according to Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s staff.