Legislative hearings are proceeding on Governor Pat Quinn’s proposed closure of seven state facilities.

The Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability will meet at 5:00 p.m., October 17, at the Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave. in Dixon, to discuss the proposed facility closure of the Jack Mabley Developmental Center in Dixon.

Residents of Chester and Murphysboro came out in full force October 12 in support of Chester Mental Health Center and Illinois Youth Center at Murphysboro. Southern Illinois legislators rallied behind facility employees and members of the communities, who face economic uncertainty in the face of the pending closures.

The hearings on facility closures are required by state law, and are held by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA). The Governor’s plan would close seven facilities statewide, and lay off more than 1,900 employees." />

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