Good news for LDC and early retirement
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[FEB. 19, 2004]
SPRINGFIELD -- State Sen.
Larry Bomke, R-Springfield, is glad to hear that the fiscal 2005
budget includes funding for the Lincoln Developmental Center and
early retirement. Both funding items are welcomed by area residents
who have called Bomke's offices.
Lincoln Developmental Center, which
Bomke has fought hard to reopen since Gov. George Ryan closed the
facility in 2002, will receive $1.026 million under the fiscal 2005
budget. Bomke secured Gov. Blagojevich's pledge to reopen the
facility last year and fought to hold the governor to that pledge.
"Lincoln Developmental Center will
reopen better than before, and I want to thank the governor for
keeping his word on this facility," said Bomke. "It may not be as
soon as we had hoped, but thanks to the hard work of the LDC task
force, the new LDC will offer more innovative living arrangements
and overall a better quality of service to the residents."
"Many state employees have asked me for
another early retirement program, and I would rather have people
retire willingly than be forced to leave," said Bomke. "Early
retirement has always been a cost-saving measure for the state, and
as long as state employees are willing to leave, I support the
The governor estimates 2,000 people
will be able to retire under his early retirement package, for an
estimated savings of $25 million. Bomke does want to see more
details on how the governor plans to cap the plan at only 2,000
employees. At this time, the governor has provided only sketchy
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Another plan Bomke would like to see
more details on is the consolidation of state agencies. While he is
open to the idea, Bomke wants to make sure it will not adversely
affect jobs in Springfield or the efficient delivery of services.
"The last thing we want to do is create
backlogs within agencies due to a reorganization," said Bomke. "I am
also concerned that this will give the governor the opportunity to
move more jobs from Springfield to Chicago. I want reassurance that
Springfield will not lose more jobs under the reorganization."
introduced legislation to track the migration of state jobs from
Springfield to Chicago. Already, Bomke estimates at least 70 jobs
have moved to Chicago since the governor took office. With early
retirement, it is difficult to get exact numbers, but his
legislation will make it easier to track the movement of state jobs
[News release from
Sen. Larry Bomke]