Federal Public Defender Lee Lawless says that may reduce spending at their end but the delays they cause keep suspects waiting in jail cells paid for by the U.S. Marshal’s Office.
Gov. Quinn signed the pay cuts into law Saturday.
Those exempted from the furloughs include firefighters and others who hold jobs are considered essential for safety and security.
Uncertainty abounds about what could happen in Illinois if federal lawmakers in Washington don’t do something to avert automatic budget cuts set to kick in Friday.