Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride '81 says years of budget cuts mean there aren’t enough probation officers monitoring criminals. He said the murder of Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot
days after singing at President Obama’s inauguration, could have been
Kilbride said one of the suspected shooters violated parole three times, and should have already been in custody. "There are too many cases, with too few
probation workers to handle the load, and this individual slipped
through the system,” said Kilbride.