Quinn Asks State Departments To Cut Their Budgets

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has asked all the state’s constitutional offices and some state agencies to slash their annual budgets by at least 9 percent, but won’t say how he arrived at that figure.

Quinn declined to give details Sunday at an unrelated news conference.

The Democrat presents his budget Wednesday. It’s expected to include a number of proposed cuts and closures.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon announced Saturday that she’d cut her office’s budget by 9.4 percent to help Illinois deal with its financial problems. The state’s backlog of unpaid bills is around $9.2 billion.

Quinn applauded Simon’s efforts.

Quinn says he’ll be closing “quite a few” state facilities. He wouldn’t give details Sunday, only saying that some have been around for more 100 years and their time is up.

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