The ongoing budget impasse is now being felt by those needing 911 services in Illinois.
Without a budget in place, emergency call systems aren’t receiving revenue from a tax paid by cell phone users, and that’s putting a pinch on budgets for dispatch centers.
Budget problems for individual 911 dispatch centers have already resulted in longer wait times for callers reporting emergencies in some counties and 911 coordinators around the state warn those longer wait times could become more widespread.
An Illinois House committee has passed a bill that would require the release of funds for 911 services during the budget stalemate, but it’s not known when the full House will vote on that bill. The House is not scheduled to return to Springfield until October 20th.