COGFA held its first public hearing this week on the Governor’s plan to close seven state facilities, including Mabley and lay off more than 1,900 state employees. An October 5 hearing was held in Rockford on the proposed closure of the Singer Mental Health Center, while the next scheduled hearings will be held October 12 in Murphysboro and Chester.
Hearings on the proposed closures will continue as planned, despite an October 3 ruling by arbitrator Edwin Benn against Governor Pat Quinn’s proposal to shutter seven mental health, developmentally disabled and correctional facilities. Benn found the plan violates a 2010 contractual agreement Governor Quinn made with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employee (AFSCME) union.
Per the cost savings agreement between Governor Quinn and the union, the state’s financial obligations to AFSCME were reduced; in exchange the Quinn Administration agreed not to lay off any AFSCME members through June 30, 2012, or to close any state facilities through July 1, 2012." />
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