CHICAGO (CBS) — Leaders at the state’s largest public employee union are taking issue with what they believe are backroom deals being struck by Gov. Pat Quinn to close state mental health centers.
As WBBM Newsradio’s John Waelti reports, Anders Lindall of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) says last fall, Quinn pledged that any plans to close state mental health centers would be made publicly, with the input and community members of those affected. But that’s not what’s happening, according to Lindall.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Coolest Day Of The Week On Wednesday
“Instead, the governor has had a handful of top administration officials meeting behind closed doors with no public notice, and with no attention toward the needs of the people who rely on disability services,” he said.READ MORE: Waukegan School Board Votes To Rename Thomas Jefferson Middle School For John Lewis, After Suggestion Of Barack Obama Draws Objections
The governor’s office tells WBBM Newsradio that Governor Quinn “has brought together advocates and experts in the field” and is “taking the recommendations from all involved” in making its decisions.
Quinn adds that his office will soon be making an announcement on the fate of the institutions. Temporary funding to stave off closures will run out at the end of June.MORE NEWS: Many More Sex Offenders Are Living In One Englewood Building Than First Known, Raising Legal Red Flags -- But Ex-Offenders Say They Have Few Options
LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Waelti reports