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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Though neighbors, some elected officials in Missouri and Illinois are at odds as Congress considers another coronavirus aid package.

Democratic Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza said Friday that the state has $6.5 billion of unpaid bills unrelated to the coronavirus and an additional projected budget hole of $7 billion because of the coronavirus hit to the economy.

She says Illinois needs help from Congress to cover that $7 billion hole.

But three-fourths of Missouri’s Republican state lawmakers signed onto a letter Friday criticizing Illinois’ financial management.

They urged Congress to reject “bailout” requests from states.

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