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Cook County Sheriff Questions Gov's Motives

Steven Depolo
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As Governor Bruce Rauner says he wants to address the problem of Illinois prison overcrowding, there is at least one skeptic. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, a Democrat, says diversion programs that keep people out of jail are not getting money because of the state budget impasse. I would love to have the governor explain to us, how it is, what study did you have, the empircial data- you're a venture capitalist or whatever it is you made all your money in, you're a data guy- what was the data that you had that you used to cut these programs. I'd love to see them.Governor Bruce Rauner, a Republican, says his goal is to reduce the state's prison population by 12 thousand inmates in the next decade. He blames Democrats in the legislature for not passing a balanced budget. Democrats say Rauner's focused on a political campaign platform when he should focus on the budget. Hear Governor Rauner's "State of the State" address at noon Wednesday on GLT.

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