Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.
Governor Pat Quinn announced this afternoon that he plans to close the Jacksonville Developmental Center and Tinley Park Mental Health Center.
Jacksonville is located about 90 miles north of St. Louis.
Quinn's office is calling the closures a "rebalancing."
The Governor plans to move institutionalized patients with developmental disabilities and mental illness to community-based settings.
A new report by the American Lung Association puts Missouri near the bottom of the list when it comes to state tobacco control policies.
The report grades states according to their spending on tobacco prevention and control programs, smoke-free air laws, cigarette taxes, and coverage of programs to help smokers quit.
Missouri was one of six states to receive an “F” grade in all four categories.
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