Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has indicated that he will be proposing substantial cuts to the Illinois State Police budget. The proposed budget cuts could lead to the laying off of 400 state police officers and the closing down of five state police stations. The stations that are slated to be closed down are in Carmi, Litchfield, Pecatonica, Macomb and Chicago. The police agencies in the affected areas will be expected to pick up the slack and make up for the removal of the state police. The loss of state police officers could be damaging to some local communities. The Chicago Police are currently 700 officers short of what they need to be considered fully authorized. In addition to the additional stress on local police agencies, the State of Illinois may lose up to $12 million in revenues from tickets that will not be written due to fewer officers.
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