Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A handful of patients and the remaining staff members at the Tinley Park Mental Health Center have mostly left the soon-to-be shuttered facility. The 275-acre land will officially be barren by the week's end.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
As the doors of the Tinley Park Mental Health Center are shuttered this week, some are wondering where they, and others, will turn for help. The Chicago Tribune reported that one woman who received paranoid schizophrenia treatment at the facility for a six-month period is worried about where south suburban residents are going to find the help they need. "I'm heartbroken, and I'm really kind of angry about the whole situation because I feel if something happens to me, I won't have that support system anymore," Lisa Guardiola, 41, of Hazel Crest told reporter Ashley Reuff. "I don't really know what's going to happen." Gov. Pat Quinn has said he prefers to shift those seeking care away from state-run facilities and into more community focused…
Thursday, March 1, 2012
A March 12 hearing announced earlier this month has been postponed. The forum was to offer more community members a chance to speak on the closing of the Mental Health Center. It would have been the second such meeting since November.
Lawmakers have postponed a meeting that was to be held tonight on the potential closure of the Tinley Park Mental Health Center. A public hearing scheduled for March 12 at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort has been pushed back, according to the website for the Illinois Commission of Government and Accountability. It has not yet been rescheduled. The commission acts as an advisory panel to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who is not legally obligated to uphold its recommendations. However, he has done so with eight of its recommendations since he took office, officials have said. The hearing would have been the second on the issue since November, when the advisory group voted against closing the local health center. READ: The Commission …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced his plan Thursday to close the local health center, as well as another state-funded facility.
Gov. Pat Quinn is still making moves to close the Tinley Park Mental Health Center. The plan—announced by Quinn Thursday from Washington D.C.—is part of legislators' long-term vision to move residents from Illinois institutions and into community care settings, reports the Chicago Tribune. " ... Advocates argue (it) is less expensive and provides a better quality of life," the story said. "Opponents include the state’s largest employee union and lawmakers who fear closing the facilities will wreak havoc on the economy of communities who are supported by the centers." The Tinley Park Mental Health Center is slated to shutter its doors in early July under the plan. "Admissions will be halted several weeks before the facility closes, giving …
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sen. Mark Kirk answered questions and outlined his view on the budget deficit in a town hall meeting Saturday.
As a budget battle looms in the nation's capital, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) focused his remarks on the federal deficit and spending during a town hall forum in Frankfort on Saturday. Kirk took questions from attendees who filled an elementary school gym looking for the opportunity to hear and question their senator. “I don’t want you to walk out of here feeling completely bad about the future of the United States,” Kirk said, before launching into a discussion on growing federal spending. The event was supposed to feature freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-11th). An early-morning budget vote prevented Kinzinger from attending in person, but he made remarks via videoconference. Kinzinger echoed Kirk’s belief that Congress should cut …