SPRINGFIELD, ILL (IRN) – Illinois has a new fiscal year and a new state budget.

The budget totals $33.7 billion. Gov. Pat Quinn signed it over the weekend. In doing so, he enacted cuts to the Department of Corrections and to facilities for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill, totaling $57 million.

“The budget has been signed, and we look forward to working with the legislature on improving the allocations as we go through this fiscal year,” the governor announced.

The governor says he will ask lawmakers to re-allocate $57 million that he cut from the budget to the Department of Children and Family Services, an agency from which the governor believes lawmakers cut too much.

The budget closes or consolidates 57 state facilities. The governor projects savings at $82 million this fiscal year, and $136 million in Fiscal Year 2014.

The Department of Corrections will close the prisons at Tamms and Dwight, and adult transition centers in Carbondale, Chicago and Decatur. The Department of Juvenile Justice will close youth centers in Joliet and Murphysboro. The Department of Human Services will close the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia, the Singer Mental Health Center in Rockford, the Jacksonville Developmental Center and the Tinley Park Mental Health Center.

The budget reduces discretionary spending by $1.4 billion, and sets aside $1.3 billion to pay overdue bills.

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