A number of state agency directors are offering dire warnings of what will happen unless Illinois plugs a multi-billion-dollar hole in next year’s budget.
The state school superintendent says more than 13,000 teachers could be laid off next year because of education funding cuts. The head of the Department of Corrections predicts three prisons could have to be closed. And the state police director says there will be fewer troopers on the road and a virtual halt to narcotics enforcement.
But at least one Republican lawmaker thinks the doomsday scenarios are nothing more than scare tactics to drum up support for a permanent extension of the temporary income tax increase that expires next year.