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Quinn Signs Amended Budget Bill



    CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 20: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn holds a press conference to call for the resignation of Senator Roland Burris (D-IL) and to voice his support for special elections to be used to fill future vacancies in the U.S. Senate in order to help prevent the controversy surrounding the seat vacated by President Barack Obama February 20, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's named Burris to Obama's senate seat shortly before being impeached and removed from office. Burris is currently accused of lying under oath in an attempt secure the appointment. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Pat Quinn, Monday, signed into law a bill that will stave off the closing of seven state facilities and save close to 1,900 jobs.

    It's the culmination of a grand bargain for the Illinois legislature, which targeted the facilities -- mental health centers and a prison --  because there wasn't enough money in the budget to run them.

    Lawmakers began discussing alternatives after voting against the closures late this year/

    The facilities that will remain open include Murphysboro juvenile detention center, the Mabley Developmental Center in Dixon, the Singer Mental Health Center in Rockford, the Chester Mental Health Center, the Jacksonville Developmental Center, the Tinley Park Mental Health Center, and Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln.

    The law goes into immediate effect.