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State Senator, 59th District
A short time ago, Governor Pat Quinn vetoed funding for Tamms Correctional Center and several other state facilities. He plans to go ahead with the prison closures that will cost hundreds of Southern Illinois workers their jobs, devastate the economies of communities like Alexander County, and unnecessarily cut funding out of the state budget. Quinn claims he wants to spend the money intended for public safety on the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
State Senator Gary Forby issued the following statement in response:
“I really don’t know what the governor’s thinking. Illinois’ prisons are already overcrowded. This decision is just going to make things worse. By putting the worst-of-the-worst, like the men at Tamms back into the general population, he’s risking the lives of guards and other inmates.
“He’s also not taking into consideration where these prisons are located. Closing Tamms will devastate Alexander County, which already has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. This is just another sign that Quinn is governing from Chicago and turning his back on Southern Illinois.
“The governor also can’t spend the money from Tamms and other prisons wherever he wants. He needs the General Assembly’s permission. I don’t think he’s going to get it.”
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