Governor hampers funding
Quinn still planning to shut down Illinois prisons, mental health facilities
CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a $33.7 billion state budget that blocks the spending of millions of dollars the Legislature had allocated for prisons and mental health facilities that he is intent on shutting down to reduce costs.
Saturday’s action sets the stage for another fight between the governor and lawmakers later this fall on how to spend the $57 million Quinn blocked. The governor made it clear he would like to redirect at least some of that money to the state agency in charge of caring for neglected and abused children.
The budget adopted by the General Assembly in May cut funds for the Department of Children and Family Services by $50 million, Quinn said. But to restore some of that by redirecting the prison funds, the governor will have to get lawmakers to go along.
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