(Chicago, IL) — Governor Quinn’s office said again Thursday that without a tax hike, 65,000 people who need treatment may be unable to get it (WQAD, Rock Island).
Thirty-nine percent of these individuals, or an estimated 25,000, are offenders who will lose access to treatment and will wait longer in jail for disposition.
For every additional 30 days these addicted offenders spend in jail, it will cost Illinois taxpayers an estimated $74 million. (The cost for jail in Cook County is $125/day and outside of Cook County it averages $70/day.)
TASC and other service providers and advocates call on Governor Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton, Speaker Michael Madigan, Senator Christine Radogno, Representative Tom Cross, and the entire General Assembly to restore funding for substance abuse treatment and prevention immediately.