SPRINGFIELD - Evidence of a state going broke and still continuing to hike its spending by $500 million is that criminals will be let out of jail months before their sentences are fulfilled. Indeed, if Illinois non-violent criminals are good, they could rack up a get out of jail free pass six months early if the governor signs SB 2621 into law.
It's very likely Quinn will sign SB 2621 into law, because he wanted to shorten prisoners sentences last year, and was stopped when some of those to be let go were found to be dangerous to the public.
Due to revenue shortage and overspending in other areas, Illinois prisons are 14,000 over capacity. Lawmakers fear a lawsuit to defray overcrowding. At the same time, the Department of Corrections is laying off employees and prison shutdowns are threatened.
Despite all this, law-abiding citizens are reminded that Illinois remains the only state in the union that doesn't allow concealed carry within its borders. It is assumed released prisoners are fully aware of Illinois citizens' defenselessness.
In the Senate, only GOP State Senator Christine Johnson (R-Cherry Valley) voted against SB 2621. In the House, the 68 to 51 vote was bipartisan for and against.