State Rep. Says Some Facilities Need To Close

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Plans to a prison and several mental health facilities in Illinois are getting a thumbs down from many lawmakers, but not some say such measures may be necessary.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Dahl reports, Gov. Pat Quinn announced plans to close seven facilities because lawmakers didn’t provide enough funding for next year’s budget.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Dahl reports

On the chopping block are the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, the Tinley Park Mental Health Center, the Jacksonville Developmental Center, mental health facilities in Rockford and Chester, the Mabley Developmental Center in Dixon, and the Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro.

Quinn announced the plans for layoffs and facility closures in September, blaming Illinois lawmakers for sending him a budget that had $2.2 billion less in revenue than he wanted.

Speaking in the minority during a meeting of the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, state Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) said some facilities do need to close – and perhaps sooner rather than later.

“We are going to have troubles getting through this fiscal year, as we’ve heard. This is not going to get easier. It’s going to get more difficult,” Nekritz said, “and the sooner we start to staunch some of the bleeding, I think the easier it will be for us in the long run.”

The advisory commission has recommended that all the facilities remain open.

  • Lloyd Domres

    How about they ALL take a 25% pay cut and freeze their wages for the next 6 years? That would save a lot of money for the state.

  • marine3

    Closed down many of the Lotto places to collect through-out the State. The money there was for Schools but as always they created more jobs for their do-nothing friends and family members. Also stop with the vehicles many get to drive home tired of the emergency bull excuse. Savings on insurance, gas & repairs would be millions. Waste of taxpayers money is something they never look at. And why did we build a new prison if we are closing them? Who got to feed out of the trough of waste in springfield on this.

  • marine3

    Stop the double dipping that is still happening along with all perks for staff members and our crooks in office. Remember WE ALL have to share in this. Redo Union contracts & pensions for all past & present workers. Many things could be done but as always they play that fear game to protect theirs. It’s about giving away the farm and waste and asking the taxpayers to give more.

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