Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to call for big cuts to prisons and state police telecommunications during the speech as well as fewer adult detention centers and more electronic monitoring. Chicago could see the consolidation of Department of Children and Family Services offices as well.
Two prisons and 12 state facilities also are expected to be closed and Medicaid slashed by $2.7 billion. It's all part of an effort to get state debt under control.
A report last month estimated Illinois' debt could soar to $34.8 billion in the next five years unless something is done about the state's enormous backlog of unpaid bills.