Looks like District 19 post is going to become like the weigh station in CrossvillePosted by Chris Beavers on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 @ 9:14 am.
CARMI—We’re just receiving word that state budget cuts are impacting locals in a big way—if those locals are employed at the Illinois State Police post 19 in Carmi.
We’d heard last week that this kind of cutback was coming. However, 19 is such an outlying post (the next nearest would be DuQuoin, Effingham or deep south) we didn’t think it would happen here.
That’s really going to rob this part of the state of an ISP presence.
Hmmm…looks like a perfect storm is brewing for criminal activity here. What will governor Quinn come up with next?
Other ISP closures in wake of an order by the state to cut 30 percent of the budget include Des Plaines, Litchfield, Macomb and Pecatonica, none of which can probably afford (crime-rate-wise, anyway) to lose that police presence. All of this is set to take place ‘some time this fall’…if the budget is cut as much as Quinn is proposing.
The layoff will affect more than 460 troopers according to ISP director Jonathon Monken, who took over after embattled former gov Blago’s appointee, casino boat security maven Larry Trent (who didn’t know a damn thing about running ISP, hence the current problems) stepped aside last year.
It’s just an errant thought, but…wouldn’t it have been a better idea to see if any of these super troopers were willing to take a cut in their unbelievably-high salaries in order to at least keep their jobs, before wholesale closure of posts? ESPECIALLY ‘administrative’ positions. But nooooo….like everything else in Illinois that gets the ax when there’s a ‘budget crisis,’ nobody can look at salary trims…they just take boots off the ground by cutting people off at the knees.
More as we get it.
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