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Agreement Reached on Keeping State Facilities Open

Lawmakers agree to reallocate existing resources



    Gov. Pat Quinn announced an agreement Monday night that will prevent seven state facilities from closing.

    The prisons and treatment centers were initially targeted because there wasn't enough money in the budget to run them.

    Lawmakers began discussing alternatives after voting against the closures earlier this month, and the governor's office released a statement Monday saying the facilities will remain open using existing state resources.

    “Reallocation will allow us to move towards the Administration’s long-term goal of more thoughtful, properly supported and successful community care transitions," the release read.

    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.