- Published: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 08:38 AM
Over the past several months, I’ve spent a lot of time talking about Governor Pat Quinn of Chicago’s push to close Tamms Correctional Center in Southern Illinois, which would endanger prison workers and push up the unemployment rate in an already struggling Southern Illinois county. This week we’ve had some good news about Tamms.
We learned that the governor has indefinitely put on hold closing Tamms and other state prisons because of ongoing labor disputes about the issue. He originally hoped to close the prison by the end of August, but a judge ordered him to stop moving inmates until the union’s lawsuit is resolved. The governor has finally given in to reason and admitted that he can’t transfer or layoff workers or close the prison if he can’t move the inmates to other prisons. He sent out an official letter informing prison workers that they can keep their jobs past his August 31 deadline.