Illinois Governor Presses Prison Closures; Showdown Expected in Fall


Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is moving forward with plans to shut down several prisons for adults and juveniles, even though lawmakers set aside money to keep them open, says the Chicago Tribune. The move sets the stage for a showdown between Quinn, the state’s largest employee union and lawmakers who may seek to overturn the governor’s actions during the fall session.

A spokeswoman with Quinn’s budget office confirmed the plans to close the super-maximum prison near Tamms in far southern Illinois along with the Dwight Correctional Center in central Illinois and juvenile justice centers in Joliet and Murphysboro. Three transitional centers for inmates, including one on Chicago’s West Side, also would be closed. A spokeswoman said the closures will save the state about $62 million, some of which will be redistributed within the Corrections Department.

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