The Democrat says the move came after the state's General Assembly
earlier this year funded the Illinois Supreme Court's budget for
operational expenses and grants at only 56 percent of the court's
That court reimburses the state's 65 probation
departments up to 65 percent of the salaries of probation officers.
Quinn's action Tuesday brought the high court's funding level to
82 percent of what it got last fiscal year.
Some counties have insisted that drastic reimbursement cuts will
mean layoffs and that fewer probation officers watching after sex
offenders and other criminals could harm public safety.
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