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Quinn Moves to Close Tinley Mental Health Center

The governor says state lawmakers didn't budget enough money to keep facilities open.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn moved Thursday to close seven state facilities—including the — and lay off more than 1,900 state workers as part of a plan to cut state spending.

Quinn blamed the cuts on state lawmakers who gave him a budget that was $2.2 billion less than he requested.

“It’s time for a rendezvous with reality” for legislators, he said during a news conference in Chicago.

The closings would save the state $313 million, he added.

In addition to closing the 250-acre center, 7400 W. 183rd St., Quinn wants to close mental health facilities in Rockford and Chester as well as two downstate centers for the developmentally disabled, the Illinois Youth Correctional Center in Murphysboro and the Logan Correctional Center.

If given the go-ahead, the closings would be effective 30 days after lawmakers approve them.

This isn’t the first time the Tinley Mental Health Center has been targeted.

The adjoining Howe Developmental Center was closed in July 2009, and the mental health center was downsized to 150 beds.

SouthSide September 08, 2011 at 08:05 PM
It's about time, only because the place is a health hazard due to the lack of funding. Sorry to say, most people just don't give a crap about people in need, and this place is a direct result of that fact.
larry tobleck September 08, 2011 at 09:25 PM
Only thing that this dumbA@@ should have done is laid off all the SIEU and the rest of the house, senate and govenors office including himself. Like when his buddy obama is out of Washingto DC no money is wasted when they are not there.
Moonglow November 06, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Hey SouthSide.... how many times have you been inside the Tinley hospital? Helath hazard? and you get your facts from WHERE??? I worked there for 32 years and the place is NOT a health hazard. It's as much needed resource for mentally ill people who cannot get ANY services in the private hospitals because of the patients not having insurance! Maybe if you had a destitute relative who needed help, you'd feel differently. In this area, TRY getting admitted to Palos Hospital, Ingalls , South Suburban or the other PRIVATE hospitals and see how fast you get sent to a STATE FUNDED FACILITY! More of these individuals will end up on the streets or in jail..............not that people care about those less fortunate than themselves!
Moonglow November 06, 2011 at 03:52 PM
ALSO......... for those who need to know some FACTS.......... Tinley Park has been on the radar of Springfield for at LEAST 15 YEARS so this lame excuse about the short fall in money not appropriated for mental health facilities is a crock! what IS the truth is that TPMHC site on 200+ acres of prime land and who wants a hospital for the mentally ill in THEIR neighborhood! I wonder HOW the State is going to save money when the thousands of laid-off employees will be getting unemployment, possibly needing financial/food assistance (now that their Governor) laid them off. They will have to utilize the State Aid programs for the unemployed! Everything looks good on PAPER, but in REALITY it's not going to save a dime !!!

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