Quinn to move forward with closure plans

By WEEK Producer

December 19, 2012 Updated Dec 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Governor Quinn's office says it will start moving to close Dwight and Tamms Prisons now that an injunction against the closings has been dissolved by a circuit court judge.

Governor Quinn says closing Dwight and Tamms Prisons will save the state 100-million dollars a year.

Women prisoners at Dwight will be transferred to Logan Prison near Lincoln while Tamms prisoners will go to other male facilities.

The Governor's office says guards and other corrections personnel have been offered jobs at the other facilities.

Meanwhile, the Unions representing state workers has called for a meeting with the Governor over pension reform.

The Union coalition "We Are One" released a reform proposal calling for "an ironclad guarantee" that the state will create required pension payments, a gradual increase of two percent in workers' pension contributions that would ultimately raise more than $350 million a year and the closure of corporate tax breaks to gain two billion dollars for state coffers.

"Well, you always want to look at everything. It's useful to look at everybody's ideas --we've been doing that for over a year now. If there's some good concepts there we can incorporate them. But, I think this isn't the time to delay or postpone, " Governor Quinn said.

Illinois has more than $96 billion in unfunded pension liability, mainly because the state government has not fully paid into the system since 1945.

The document from 1949 laments that Illinois pension costs were being kicked down the road for future generations.

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