A state commission voted against Governor Pat Quinn’s recommendation to close several state facilities in order to save money.
Quinn recommended closing seven downstate mental health and corrections facilities, claiming the legislature sent him a budget that didn’t contain enough money to keep the doors open and the workers employed.
The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability voted on four of Quinn’s recommendations. In all four instances, the commission voted to keep the facilities open.
Representative Mike Tryon sits on the commission.
Lawmakers are looking at using some of the $376-million Quinn cut from the budget to keep the facilities open.
A spokeswoman for Quinn said that the governor is simply trying to manage the budget sent to him, and is willing to look at reallocation of funds to keep from shuttering the facilities.