https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2 ... oronavirus
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday that his cabinet directors have been advised to prepare for a “nightmare scenario” that includes budget cuts of at least 5% for the current fiscal year and a 10% cut for the next one if Washington doesn’t help out.
Thousands of people could be laid off if the state doesn’t receive federal support, the governor said.
Without it, the state’s finances will reach a “critical juncture.”
Headlines like this "have a way of being" long on shock and short of substance; but still, one must wonder what effect the "substance", if any, could there be on Illinois' "pretty extensive" regional intercity rail?
For tomorrow, Chi-Carbondale, there is only the afternoon Illini (#393) and the City(#59). We all know what will happen to the City come Oct 1. (for Rip V W; tri-weekly). Saluki (#391) is "in the dog pound".
To Quincy, now only the Zephyr (#383), plus the Zephyr (#5) to Gales; same fate awaits Oct 1. Carl (#381) is "on leave".
St Louis has two Lincolns (#303), (#307) two are in hibernation. The Eagle (#21) gets wings clipped oct 1.
So if "the doomsday" comes, will those remaining also take "a leave of absence"?