Peoria County is facing a nearly $700,000 cut in state funding that’s proposed by Governor Pat Quinn. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:
Quinn is proposing a 20-percent cut to a certain state fund that feeds local governments. Assistant Peoria County Administrator Scott Sorrel says the proposed cut would mean less money to pay for several county services:
“It could be used to pay for Sheriff’s deputies on the street, corrections officers manning our jail, prosecutors in the State’s Attorney's Office, folks in the Recorder of Deeds office, or the general functioning of County government,” Sorrel says.
Sorrel says Peoria County and surrounding counties are also talking to area lawmakers to urge them to oppose Quinn’s proposed cut. He says the 15 most populous counties would lose about $15 million if the state fund was reduced.