Schimpf talks about budget, education funding and more at town hall meeting

HELD TOWN HALL EVENT–State Senator Paul Schimpf held a town hall event at the Red Bud City Hall on Saturday, Aug. 5. Pictured is Schimpf speaking to some of those in attendance.

The state budget, education funding and economic growth were some of the highlights discussed during State Sen. Paul Schimpf’s town hall meeting on Aug. 5 at the Red Bud City Hall.

Schimpf started out the meeting by noting that the 58th District he represents is a large area, so he holds a town hall meeting on the first Saturday of each month at a different location so he can meet with constituents and find out what’s going on in the district. While this was his first meeting in Red Bud, it was his sixth town hall meeting.

Kevin Hirsch, formerly the local union president for the Illinois Department of Corrections, expressed concern about money wasted in corrections, as well as wanting to increase health and safety for those working in corrections. He noted that there are a lot of duplicate or unnecessary programs. In addition, he felt that there are a lot of unqualified or incompetent people working in corrections.

Hirsch wanted to know how he, and other voters, can help Schimpf make changes.

“Corrections is very difficult to pare back,” Schimpf noted, but added that he feels all state agencies need about a 10 percent cut and should eliminate duplicate programs. He added that he is concerned for their correctional officers and their safety and is doing what he can to help.

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