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Commission rejects plan to close state facilities

The Illinois General Assembly's bipartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability voted to reject the Illinois governor's plan to close the Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro. The Illinois General Assembly's bipartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability voted to reject the Illinois governor's plan to close the Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro.
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The Illinois General Assembly's bipartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability voted to reject the Illinois governor's plan to close four state facilities including two in southern Illinois.

Members rejected the closure of the Illinois Youth Center-Murphysboro by a vote of 7-4 and the Chester Mental Health Center by 11-0.

The commission also rejected the closure of Mabley Development Center in Dixon and Singer Mental Health Center in Rockford.

The closure of the four facilities would lay off around 1,000 employees.

Employees of the Murphysboro center picketed in September to keep the facility open.

Hundreds gathered at a commission meeting on Oct. 12 to talk about the Murphysboro facility possibly closing.

State Representative Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) says closing the facilities "will cause tremendous hardships on local families and our economy."   

Governor Pat Quinn says closing the state facilities will help clean up a budget shortfall.

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