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Quinn Signs Amended Budget Bill

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    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.