A panel of Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Tuesday recommended against Gov.
The governor proposed closing the sites to save money, and he can choose to follow or ignore the votes taken by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability.
The only location the commission suggested should close was the Department of Children and Family Services office in Skokie.
Lawmakers agreed with Quinn that there should be closures, but couldn't agree which places should close. The outcome reflected the contrast between Quinn's position that he's looking at the state as a whole and lawmakers who can afford to be parochial and political when looking at such issues.
For example, Sen.
The governor respects the commission's input but must deal with the state's overall financial instability, said Annie Thompson, a Quinn spokeswoman.
"We have incorporated a great deal of their input into our facility closure plans, however, we must continue to deal with our budget challenges and make the difficult decisions necessary to restore fiscal stability to Illinois," Thompson said. "We will continue to work with legislators … as this process moves forward."
The union with the largest number of state workers applauded lawmakers on the commission, saying they represented an example of good government and a move to preserve more than 2,000 Illinois jobs.