Governor Pat Quinn is considering consolidating the majority of the Illinois State Police Communication Centers into 4 regional centers, leaving the Metro East in the hands of dispatchers in Springfield. It is a move that does not make sense from either a public safety or a financial point of view according to many in law enforcement, including Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons.
Gibbons is joining with police chiefs and St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelley to speak out against the plan. Gibbons says Quinn believes the move would be a money saver, but the math doesn't add up.
The move is part of a number of cuts proposed by Quinn as he looks for ways to pull the state out of massive debt. Gibbons is asking all area residents to contact their state lawmakers about this move. A link to the Illinois General Assembly page where you can find contact information can be found below: