Three of Gov. Pat Quinn’s planned facility closures met with a thumbs-down from an advisory panel. The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability Thursday morning recommended to keep open the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, the Tinley Park Mental Health Center, and the Jacksonville Developmental Center.
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The votes were not unanimous; State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) said, “We are going to have troubles getting through this fiscal year, as we’ve heard. This is not going to get any easier. It’s going to get more difficult, and the sooner we start to stanch some of the bleeding, I think the easier it will be for us in the long run.” Another COGFA member, State Rep. Kevin McCarthy (D-Orland Park) admitted, “We are over-institutionalized.” Beyond the question of whether one facility or another should close, COGFA members were dissatisfied with the amount of long-term planning the Quinn administration had done for the transition and aftermath.