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Illinois Proposes State Police Hiring in Effort to Curb Violence

February 16, 2017  | 

Illinois' governor on Wednesday proposed boosting the shrinking ranks of the Illinois State Police in an effort to quell a steady increase in gun violence spilling over from Chicago's neighborhoods onto the city's expressways, reports Reuters.

Bruce Rauner's proposed budget would add a projected 170 troopers through two cadet classes, one this year and another during the 2019 fiscal year. Seventy of these troopers would be sent to the Chicago area.

"Those officers will allow us to send more patrols to the Chicago area, to the expressways to counter the violence that has spilled over onto the highways there," the Republican governor told lawmakers in his Springfield budget address.

The number of Illinois State Police troopers has declined significantly since 2008 when there were 2,105 sworn officers, according to state police data. That number dropped by more than 400 troopers to 1,671 as of last year. Rauner took office in 2015.

Feuding between Rauner and Democrats who control the legislature has kept Illinois without a full operating budget since July 2015, which has meant no cadet hires for the state police in 2015 and 2016. A six-month fiscal 2017 budget expired on Dec. 31.


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kevcopaz @ 2/17/2017 6:13 AM

I support whenever more cops are hired, but don't be fooled by the reason given. Yes the Dems are to blame for not hiring, as they do in most cities or state so they have more $ to spend on social programs then on actual service to the tax paying public rather then the do nothings. z This being said troopers have zero control over any violence in the city at all. They are traffic cops and stay on the highways really doing very little criminal work at all. This is just a republican Gov getting a dig at the do nothing Dems and using the violence as an excuse. If he truly was concerned with the violence he would SEND troopers and National Guard into the streets of the city and do some real work. Most people don't understand Il. politics, the Gov. really could care less about the city violence, its a Dem thing, caused and to blame on the Dems and besides it poor Black folk being killed, whats that to the White Governor? Truth hurts.

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