Governor to outline state budget cuts today

September 8, 2011

The Associated Press

(AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to outline his proposed budget cuts ahead of this fall's legislative session.

Governor Pat Quinn's administration says it considered deep cuts to parole officers and tax collectors while looking for ways to balance the Illinois budget.

Programs moving people with disabilities and mental illness into community care were also considered for cuts. But Quinn aide Kelly Kraft said Wednesday those ideas have been discarded. She says they never rose above the level of brainstorming.

Still, Kraft acknowledged the ideas were shared with the General Assembly as recently as Tuesday.

The Democratic governor says legislators have not given him enough money to keep state government running for a full year. He says he'll have to make deep cuts to keep within the budget that lawmakers approved.

Quinn is expected to announce today what cuts he thinks must be made.