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Governor Quinn Touts Facility Closure As Accomplishment

By Metro News

Springfield, IL  --  Governor Quinn says shutting down 54 state facilities, like prisons and mental health facilities, is a big win for Illinois.  But state Senator Dave Luechtefeld says that depends on who you ask. 

"Not all of those patients will be better served than they were in some of those institutions.  For instance at the Murray Center, those patients are extremely severe.  They are now going to be in community settings.  For some it might be better; for some it might be worse.  I'm convinced of it and the parents are convinced of it", Luechtefeld.  

Quinn says shutting the facilities down saves the state 100-million dollars a year.  Luechtefeld says it's disingenuous to say that none of the facilities should have been closed.  But he says Tamms and Murray Developmental Center are two that should've remained open.  He says prison officials need a deterrent like Tamms, where the worst of the worst criminals were housed.  And, he says Murray serves patients with the most severe needs.    

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