Quinn moving forward with state prison closures

By WEEK Producer

June 19, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 2:20 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- It appears Governor Pat Quinn is going ahead with plans to close a number of state facilities, including a "super-Max" prison.

There's been no official announcement from the Governor, but state officials...like Treasurer Dan Rutherford are already responding to a memo sent out by the Governor's office.

Tapped for closing at the end of August are the Dwight Women's prison in Livingston County and the Tamms Super-Max prison in southern Illinois.

A Murphysboro youth boot camp and a Joliet youth Center are also on line to be closed.

Dwight's Mayor, Bill Wilkey, says he believes the planned closures are the Governor's way to put pressure on legislators to deal with the state's pension problems.

"I really feel it is, yes, a ploy to see if he can, if he's able to get these people to go along with his program," said Wilkey.

Also slating for closing...Department of Corrections "transition Centers" in Southern Illinois, Decatur and Chicago.

Peoria's Transition Center, however, has been removed from the closing list according to a source familiar with the Governor's memo.

The Illinois General Assembly passed a budget which included money to keep those facilities open, but that doesn't mean the Governor has to spend the money.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford released a statement opposing the closures, and saying it will only increase prison overcrowding in Illinois.

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