Ill. Senate Rejects Limits on Closing Facilities

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Senate has rejected a proposal to limit the governor’s power to close prisons and other state facilities.

The bill would have required legislative approval before a governor could shut down facilities. It’s a response to Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to cut spending by closing prisons, halfway houses and mental institutions.

Wednesday’s vote was 29-23, but it needed 30 votes to pass.

Supporters say the Legislature should have a bigger role in decisions that can mean economic ruin for workers and communities.

But opponents say it would be a mistake to tie the governor’s hands when the state budget is in crisis.

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