In mid-June Republican candidate for Govenror Bruce Rauner listed some ways he would cut the state budget.
Number two on the list was
“Ending the shuttle service and selling state planes.”
At the end of June Governor Pat Quinn cut half of the state planes out of the budget passed by the General Assembly.
Here is what was said in the press release:
“As part of the budget review which commenced June 1, the Governor directed his administration to conduct a thorough review of the state’s aircraft to determine the state’s needs.
“Selling nearly half the state’s air fleet continues the Governor’s commitment to making Illinois government more efficient while ensuring travel for official state business continues.
“Currently the state owns 21 aircraft and spends more than $7 million to operate and maintain the fleet each year.
“Governor Quinn today instructed the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) to put nine aircraft – including seven from the Illinois Department of Transportation and two from the Illinois State Police – on the market while maintaining several aircraft to continue state government operations.”