Carbondale… State Senator David Luechtefeld (R-Okwaville) and State Representative Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) are making preparations to help save four state facilities Governor Quinn proposed to close in his annual budget address.
“Senator Luechtefeld and I are working together to stop Governor Quinn’s proposal to close four state facilities in Southern Illinois, but we need help,” Bost said. “Visit our websites and sign our petitions urging the Governor to reconsider his plan to close these facilities. Once we have collected the signatures, we will personally hand-deliver them to the Governor and our colleagues in the Illinois General Assembly.”
“We have been down this road last year with the IYC and Chester Mental Health Center and again we are headed this direction – towards closures,” Luechtefeld said. “Representative Bost and I are committed to these facilities and working with local officials to prevent these closures. Again, the Quinn administration is advancing a plan that appears to have very little preparation behind it. We are confident the communities will rally behind their facilities again and hopefully change the course that Governor Quinn has laid out.”
The four facilities Governor Quinn plans to close include; The Adult Transitional Center in Carbondale, Tamms Correctional Center, the Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro and the Illinois State Police Forensics Lab in Carbondale.
“These facilities are important to our economy,” Bost said. “Over 325 hard working men and women would lose their job if these facilities are forced to close. Governor Quinn must forgo his actions if he wants to avoid creating excessive hardships on the families of Southern Illinois.”
Petitions to help save the four facilities may be found in both Rep. Bost and Sen. Luechtefeld’s district offices and/or by visiting bost.ilhousegop.org or luechtefeld.senategop.org.
The Quinn Administration filed the facility closures last week and will release more information on COGFA hearings in the near future.