Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a 33.7 billion dollar budget yesterday which blocks the spending of millions of dollars by state lawmakers.
The money would have gone to prisons in the state along with mental health facilities that the Governor plans to close. The list includes the Singer Mental Health Center in Rockford.
The fall veto session this year will feature the Governor and state lawmakers in a battle of how to spend 57 million dollars that Quinn blocked yesterday.
The budget approved by lawmakers in May cut money for the Department of Children and Family Services by 50 million dollars. It did restore some funds for prisons and mental health facilities.
The Governor's plan would close or consolidate 57 facilities which includes Singer Mental Health Center.
He said it would save the state 82 million dollars in fiscal year 2013.