KANKAKEE, Ill. — The search for an escaped killer continues.
23-year-old Kamron Taylor beat a worker at the Kankakee County jail, stole his uniform, and walked away free Wednesday.
Authorities believe he might have help on the outside, someone who is keeping him hidden.
Officials admitted Thursday, budget problems might be partly to blame here.
The Kankakee County sheriff today backed up what former guards told WGN, that you can draw a line between state cuts in the prison system and the dramatic escape at the Combs lockup.
"Because of budget reductions … we laid off a number of certified correctional officers that were full-time employees,” Sheriff Tim Bukowski said.
A former Combs prison guard told WGN, "They worked with skeleton crews and overworked the employees. They were working double-shifts every day to every other day."
"And our staff, because of the loss of these other staff members, have been forced to work some overtime and when that happens repeatedly, they get tired and they start to make mistakes," Sheriff Bukowski continued.
Thursday armed officers continued to search for Taylor. They have searched over 50 locations and are responding to tips. Criminal profilers are also on-site with in-depth knowledge of Taylor’s background and associates, the people believed to be helping him.
Taylor is believed to be armed and dangerous.