CHICAGO –February 10, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn announced a series of cost-saving measures aimed at easing Illinois’ current budget crisis. The changes go into effect immediately at state agencies and apply to the state’s Fiscal 2009 budget.
“Quick and decisive action is needed to address Illinois’ unprecedented budgetary crisis,” said Governor Quinn. “Better financial management and increased belt-tightening are necessary as we begin to deal with this serious problem.”
Governor Quinn’s cost-saving plan for Fiscal 2009 includes:
Reduce spending – Spending will be cut by an additional 1 percent. This reduction is in addition to a previous 3-percent reduction for Fiscal 2009, ending June 30, 2009, and will allow the state to address continuing revenue decline.
Cut travel expenses – Non-essential out-of-state travel for employees will be greatly limited. In addition, in-state travel will also be curtailed while use of teleconferencing will be increased.
Defer major purchases – The acquisition of equipment and other major purchases will be delayed.
Limit contract work – The number of existing contracts will be reduced and agencies will not enter into new contracts.
Restrict hiring – Vacancies for non-essential positions will not be filled.
Governor Quinn said these cost reductions are the start in a series of tough fiscal decisions his Administration will be making as it deals with the state’s estimated $9 billion deficit for the current fiscal year and Fiscal 2010.
“I want everyone in Illinois to know that we are working every day to solve this budget crisis and restore the state’s fiscal health,” said Governor Quinn.