Illinois Senate Rejects Limits on Closing Facilities

May 10, 2012

The Illinois Senate has rejected a proposal to limit the governor's power to close prisons and other state facilities.  The bill would have required legislative approval before a governor could shut down facilities. 

It's a response to Governor Pat Quinn's plan to cut spending by closing prisons, halfway houses and mental institutions.  The vote yesterday was 29-23, but the measure needed 30 votes to pass.  Supporters say the Legislature should have a bigger role in decisions that can mean economic ruin for workers and communities.  But opponents say it would be a mistake to tie the governor's hands when the state budget is in crisis.