September 8, 2011
Senator Bill Brady issued the following regarding Governor Quinn’s plan to close seven state facilities and lay off more than 1,900 state employees:
“We should share the burden of balancing the budget and reducing spending throughout state government, rather than targeting some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens.
“We need a systematic, well-reasoned approach to reducing the state’s budget, which we must do, but the Governor has chosen a quick fix that will disrupt the care patients and their families receive in our mental health and developmental disability facilities and further strain an already overcrowded prison system.
“The savings from the Quinn proposed layoffs and facility closings today would amount to less than a quarter of one percent of the state’s operations budget. He could undoubtedly find the same $55 million in savings by looking for waste and inefficiencies in his administration or by eliminating non-essential programs.”
The facilities slated for closing by the Governor are:
- Chester Mental Health Center
- Singer Mental Health Facility in Rockford
- Mabley Mental Health Center in Dixon
- Jacksonville Developmental Center
- Tinley Park Mental Health Center
- Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln
- Illinois Youth Center in Murphsyboro