Hundreds of state workers are getting layoff notices. Governor Pat Quinn's office sent out six-hundred layoff notices to Department of Children and Family Services workers. The governor wants to save the jobs, but right now, the money isn't there. He wants to close prisons and other facilities and use that money to help protect children.
He vetoed 57-million dollars in the budget to keep those facilities open, but lawmakers have to approve shifting that spending. Right now, that isn't scheduled to happen until November. The layoffs are effective at the end of September.