Governor Quinn is shutting down 57 state facilities, despite the fact that lawmakers fully funded them for the next year. Quinn says it's not an easy decision but there are some things that have a higher priority.
Quinn has the authority to veto funding from the budget but he can't just shift it toward something else. He wants to convince lawmakers to reallocate the money he cut from the facilities into the DCFS budget. Quinn signed the 33-point-seven-billion-dollar budget over the weekend and praised lawmakers for their efforts to reverse the state's debt. The new budget dedicates about one-point-three-billion dollars toward paying down debt. Quinn says the only thing left in hanging in the balance is pension reform.