Illinois Budget Cuts Cops
LITCHFIELD, ILLINOIS (KTVI-FOX2now.com) – Budget cuts in Illinois will force the state police to give up some specialty investigative units, close five regional police headquarters and turn over some patrol responsibilities to local police departments. For uniformed officers it means significant layoffs at all rank levels. 460 jobs will be eliminated by September first through voluntary retirement or layoffs.
State Police Acting Director Jonathon Monken told an Illinois Senate committee he must cut 32 million from his budget. Thirty percent of civilian workers have already been laid off in the department. Last year, Monken had to slash 20 million dollars and avoided layoffs within the uniformed ranks. But this time he says he can’t avoid it.
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Just for fun, I checked out the Illinois Gaming Board report (you know where I’m going with this, don’t you?). There are 8 casinos in Illinois. Their adjusted gross receipts were $114,223,000 for the MONTH of February alone. (Don’t believe me? Go here) That’s a hair over $4,000,000 a day. 8 days of gambling would pay the salaries of those cut state police, who actually do something helpful for society – like stopping bad guys.
Maybe the cops should open their own casino.
Maybe we oughta get our priorities straight?