Originally Posted by datainmotion
Not to make light of this, but I don't know what's more shocking - that they would lay off that many Troopers (and close the Des Plaines HQ) or that there are TEN riverboat casinos in Des Plaines?!?
The 10th riverboat is going in Des Plaines is the 10th in Illinois, not just Des Plaines. Others are in Alton, Elgin, Joliet (2), Metropolis, Rock Island, Peoria and a coupe other towns.
The 10th license is a long and convoluted tale, it had been in East Dubuque, that casino closed and it was put up for grabs. Eventually it ended up in Des Plaines, where construction is set to begin soon.
Back on topic, the Des Plaines HQ ("Maine North Facility") also houses several other state agencies as well as the ISP Communications Center, Cook County Sheriff's 9-1-1 Center, CMS, ICC, etc. so it won't be closing. If all this goes thru I would expect that the State Police cuts back the "District Chicago" post to a skeleton crew, leave the Comm Center as is and let CPD patrol the Chicago expressways. The outlying expressways, such as the Edens, IL-394, I-57 and I-290 outside the City limits will either have to retain ISP patrols or a deal with the Sheriff would have to be made for those patrols, kind of like what Milwaukee County does in WI. The Tollways will retain District 15, they are paid from toll revenues which have held up and are not part of the State budget crisis.
As for other posts slated for closing, (Litchfield, Carmi, Macomb and Pecotonica (Rockford)) it is likely that the post boundaries will be redrawn and operations absorbed by neighboring posts. It is unlikely that the entire complements of the affected posts could be laid off, I am sure that union contracts and state rules would require that the troopers be laid off in reverse seniority order, so troopers that were hired last would be laid off first, regardless of posting.
Just looking at an ISP District map, my first guess would be that they would redraw boundaries of the remaining districts. Now with StarCom21 in place it is not too difficult to reassign dispatchers for areas as it was in the VHF days.
Based on the closings noted in the article I would guess the following:
District 16 could be parceled out to District 1 and 2 (Boone going to 2, the rest to 1).
District 14 could be split up with District 7 getting Warren and Henderson, the others going to 20.
18 could be merged with 9, especially if 20 is expanded by the closing of 14.
19 could be split with 13 and 12, maybe 22 could take in a portion.
Not having a dog in the fight on this one, I would not be surprised if a totally different scenario was developed, those are just my wild guesses.