Quinn not sold on Howe recommendation

April 28, 2009 2:54:14 PM PDT
A bipartisan legislative panel voted Tuesday to recommend the closure of the Howe Developmental Center and Tinley Park Mental Health Center.However, Governor Pat Quinn has not yet decided if he will follow the recommendation.

Advocates for the disabled have been pushing hard for the closure. They claim Howe is unsafe.

Both facilities have come under fire in recent years, losing federal funding for providing substandard care and lax recordkeeping.

If the centers are closed, the residents who live there will be relocated to smaller, community-based homes or to other state facilities.