IL Senate Rejects Limits on Closing Facilities

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- 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 Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to cut spending by closing prisons, halfway houses and mental institutions.

Wednesday's vote was 29-23, but it 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.


The bill is SB3564.


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  • by Douglas Location: Northern IL on May 10, 2012 at 04:25 AM
    I think that the Governor doesn't have to have absolute power on all these desions. It would be different if he would listen and stop holding schools and the state facilities for ransom. The question is does he have a need for using this, if not, he needs to find out what impact his desions are going to cost everyone. Not just the quick buck saved today.
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