Motor vehicle theft task forces closing due to spending freezes
SPRINGFIELD - Authorities say police-run task forces across the state that specialize in preventing and investigating motor vehicle thefts will be shutting down due to spending freezes.
Officials say a budget plan, approved by state lawmakers and signed by Governor Bruce Rauner last week, will allow Rauner to use $6 million in auto-theft task force grant to help close a $1.6 billion hole in Illinois' budget. The legislation allows Rauner to transfer funds from state programs to close the shortfall, in addition to an across-the-board 2.25 percent budget cut.
Authorities say local departments pulled task force personnel soon after Rauner signed an executive order that froze nonessential spending. However, Catherine Kelly, a spokesperson for Rauner, says funding for the task forces will resume next fiscal year.