Ill. Commission Votes to Block Facility Closures
A bipartisan legislative commission is rejecting Gov. Pat Quinn's proposal to close three social-service facilities and a youth prison.
The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability cast advisory votes Thursday against closing a juvenile detention center in Murphysboro, a developmental center in Dixon and mental health hospitals in Rockford and Chester.
Quinn announced last month he needs to close seven facilities and lay off nearly 2,000 employees because of budget shortfalls.
A spokeswoman says Quinn has no choice but to shut the facilities unless the Legislature appropriates more money.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees opposes the closures. Executive Director Henry Bayer says the votes indicate lawmakers believe the facilities are necessary. The commission has yet to vote on closing facilities in Lincoln, Jacksonville and Tinley Park.