Illinois prison officials are predicting more problems at the embattled state Department of Corrections if lawmakers don’t give them more money to operate in the coming weeks.
In a Senate hearing Wednesday, Corrections budget chief Brian Gleckler said the department is requesting $41.8 million to finish out the fiscal year, which ends June 30.
The money is needed because Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration was ordered to pay wage increases to employees it had withheld during tight budget times two years ago.
State Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, asked what would happen if the additional cash isn’t approved.
“We will not be able to meet our payroll obligations,” Gleckler answered.
If paychecks are delayed beginning next month, Gleckler said, some Corrections employees might not show up for work.
“That certainly, senator, is a doomsday scenario,” Gleckler said. read more …