New Bill Aims to Keep JDC Open

Published 03/19 2012 11:12AM

Updated 03/19 2012 11:57AM

    The closing of the Jacksonville Developmental Center could be delayed if some lawmakers have their way. They're working on a new bill to challenge Governor Quinn's plans by targeting the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. WCIA-3's Brittany Harris is keeping us Connected to the Capitol.
    Right now, COGFA is in charge of offering recommendations to Governor Quinn concerning facility closures, but this new bill would change that. If passed, it would give the General Assembly the power to vote down or uphold COGFA's decision.
    Sponsors say lawmakers should play more of a role in the process. Right now, Quinn has the final say. One of the facilities he wants to shut down is the Jacksonville Development Center.
    David Harris' son has been living there for eight years. He supports this new bill and hopes others will too.
    "I'm not concerned only about my son. But all the people who will lose the jobs. How it'll affect the small communities and he future of other people affected by the closures."
    The bill made it out of a Senate committee and will now move onto the full Senate for a vote. Opponents of the bill fear it'll only delay the facility closures and wind up costing the state more money in the long run.

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