Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Lawmakers Call For Special Session
Downstate lawmakers tried to build support Monday for a Special Session of the Legislature after Gov. Pat Quinn's Saturday State Budget rejection of some of the money they included to keep state facilities open. Quinn cut a total of $57 million from the budget that lawmakers approved in May.
Quinn vetoed $19.4 million for the super-maximum security prison near Tamms and $21.2 million for the women’s prison in Dwight. In addition to the prisons, he plans to close three transition centers meant to help inmates reenter society. The two prisons and the transition centers are scheduled for closure on August 31. He also cut $8.9 million for a youth prison in Joliet and $6.6 million for a youth prison in Murphysboro. The facility in Joliet is slated for closure on November 30, and the Murphysboro facility is scheduled to be closed on August 31.
Quinn said his administration plans to close the Tinley Park Mental Health Center and the Singer Mental Health Center in Rockford. His administration has already begun the process of shutting down the Jacksonville center and the Warren G. Murray Mental Developmental Center in Centralia.
You can read Jamey's full report at: http://thesouthern.com/communities/jackson/murphysboro/lawmakers-rally-support-against-quinn-s-facility-closures/article_926f9396-c4c2-11e1-a808-001a4bcf887a.html