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State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) has been hard at work on an issue important to Southern Illinois: reopening the Hardin County Work Camp. Today, he made progress by passing a measure through the Senate to do just that.

House Bill 4326 would require the Illinois Department of Corrections to operate the Hardin County Work Camp.

“I am happy to see this measure gain such great support from my colleagues both in the Senate and the House,” said Forby. “This is important for our region and for people throughout Illinois. Work camps like the one in Hardin County allows inmates to pay their debt to society while also developing skills, so that once they are released the don’t come back. If we want to reduce recidivism, this is the way to do it.”

Last August the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability held a hearing to discuss the economic impact of closing several state facilities. The panel voted in favor of keeping Hardin County Work Camp open.  Gov. Bruce Rauner still moved to close the facility.

“I really hope the governor reconsiders his motion to close the facility and signs this legislation,” Forby added.

The measure passed the Senate Monday with a vote of 36 to 14. It now goes to the governor’s desk.

Listen to Forby's remarks from the floor here:

 

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052516CM0391In March of 2012, Molly Young, a 21-year-old Carbondale resident, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in her ex-boyfriend’s apartment. When insufficient evidence to rule the incident either a homicide or a suicide to issue an indictment, Young’s family filed a civil suit against the boyfriend to seek justice for their daughter.

Justice never came to the Young family because under Illinois’ current law, the statute of limitations on wrongful death claims is two-years.

State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) co-sponsored legislation passed by the Senate Friday that would raise the statute of limitations on wrongful death claims to five years.

“The story of Molly Young is a tragic one,” said Forby. “This family has yet to get answers they need to get the closure and justice they deserve because, unfortunately, time ran out. I think this is an injustice to the family, and I don’t want similar stories to arise. When a death occurs as a result of violent and intentional conduct, two years is not enough time to fully investigate what happened and bring the culprit to justice.”

The case of Molly Young has been the subject of more than just the legislation passed on Friday. House Bill 4715, also sponsored by Forby, is currently awaiting a concurrence vote in the House.

House Bill 4715 would impose civil penalties for instances of a public body’s willful and intentional failure to comply with the Freedom of Information Act. This was in response to the Young family’s repeated blocked FOIA attempts to receive information about the case.

 Friday’s measure, House Bill 6083, passed the Senate with a vote of 54-0, and now goes to the governor’s desk.

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Forby working for scholarships for SIU State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) passed a measure out of the Senate on Wednesday that would allow the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University to sell, lease or transfer surplus real estate, and use the profits gained to set up a scholarship fund.

“SIU is one of Southern Illinois’ greatest assets,” Forby said. “When I have a chance to help the university push forward and help students continue receiving a quality education, I intend to do so. Giving students great access to scholarships is a common sense action to take. I am happy to see this measure gain such great support by my colleagues in the Senate.”

The measure, Senate Bill 2790, was introduced by Forby as way to assist the university in letting go of surplus land, thereby putting funding back into the SIU system, 100 percent of which would go into a scholarship fund.

The legislation passed the Senate Wednesday and will now go to the House for consideration.

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081915CM0308Every year, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission helps more than 125,000 students throughout Illinois advance their career dreams by helping them pay for college. The Monetary Award Program is designed to help eligible students who may not have enough money to pay for higher education go to a higher education institution. Without Governor Rauner’s approval, students statewide won’t be able to afford college tuition and other associated costs.

State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton), who has several community colleges and Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the district he represents, believes Governor Rauner needs to make the appropriation of state funds to the grant program a priority.

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