Funding for 911 call centers in Illinois facing Friday deadline - KMOV.com

Funding for 911 call centers in Illinois facing Friday deadline

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A 911 call center (Credit: KMOV) A 911 call center (Credit: KMOV)
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Calls to 911 in Illinois may not be answered this weekend if a funding proposal is not approved by the Friday night deadline.

Currently, a new funding measure is on the Governor's desk, but indications are Governor Bruce Rauner will not sign it.  If he doesn't, the current funding system will expire Friday at midnight leaving most county 911 programs without funding.

"I think it's politics at its worst," says Herb Simmons of St. Clair County 911.

Simmons says he's working to try and secure some county funding to keep the 911 operators working and giving lawmakers time to work out a compromise solution or try to override the Governor.

The new funding bill does have increases to funding to help pay for mandated upgrades and increases the surcharge on Illinois residents for 911 service. 

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