SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn warned Wednesday that the state's Medicaid system is near collapse and government retirement funds are broken, but he offered no plan for fixing the problems.
In his annual budget address, Quinn said both issues must be studied by committees that will present their recommendations later this spring.
The facilities Quinn wants to close include the supermax prison in Tamms, a maximum security prison for women in Dwight and six halfway houses for inmates nearing release, aides said. Quinn will also call for closing two juvenile prisons, four mental institutions and various smaller facilities.
Illinois prisons are already overcrowded. In November, 48,620 people were squeezed into space designed for 33,700. The Corrections Department has begun counting areas like gymnasiums when calculating the space available for housing inmates.
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