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Illinois Supreme Court rules Quinn can close state prisons

State Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Gov. Pat Quinn to move forward with closing some prisons and juvenile justice facilities.

In its ruling, the court ordered Alexander County judge to dissolve a preliminary injunction that stopped the government Quinn and complete closure, which was originally scheduled to go into effect by October 31.

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has sued to prevent the closure, saying they would worsen the lives of prison overcrowding and put employees in danger. AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall said the union was "very disappointed" with the decision.

Slated for closure only Tamms super max prison in the country far south Illinois, along with the Dwight Correctional Center for women in central Illinois and the justice center in Joliet and Murphysboro. Three transition center for inmates, including one in the West Side of Chicago, will also be closed.

Parliament has set aside enough money in the budget to keep the facility open, but Quinn vetoed the money out, arguing it would be better spent on state agency that oversees the welfare of children.

Members of Parliament (Senate) and disregard the veto that move when they meet in Springfield last month, but the House chose not to follow. So the governor's veto was upheld.

A spokesman for Quinn said the ruling was "good news for Illinois, taxpayers will no longer be on the hook to spend millions of dollars we do not have the facility was half empty, unnecessary and very expensive." Spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said once fully implemented, the closure will save taxpayers approximately $ 100 million per year.


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