Budget Issues May Reduce Highway Police Patrols
But now, with the state budget facing draconian cutbacks, this responsibility may fall back on the city’s shoulders according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Gov. Quinn is proposing cutbacks to the state police that would remove the 182 officers who currently patrol Chicago highways. And Mayor Daley is not happy.
Because Daley is already facing his own budget issues and with Chicago police already understaffed, it would be fiscally impossible to replace the patrols with CPD officers.
The most obvious possibility would be a highway system with a skeleton crew of patrols or, according to city hall, installing speed cameras along the highways system and just mail speeding tickets to lead-footed drivers.
Uh oh! That doesn’t sound good!