WATSEKA -- The Old Courthouse Museum in Watseka was the setting for historians Sunday. More than two-dozen people gathered, some camping out, to re-enact the Civil War days.
The event, which included educational presentations, was part of Iroquois County’s Civil War sesquicentennial. It’s hoped the day’s event will draw more interest to what the Old Courthouse Museum offers Iroquois County.
Dwight Prison to Remain Open, for Now….Arbitrator Rules Union Contract Violated
SPRINGFIELD — Two major Illinois prisons and other facilities will stay open for at least another month after an arbitrator ruled Gov. Pat Quinn's administration violated workers' rights in rushing to close them.
An arbitrator concluded Friday that the state departments of Corrections and Juvenile Justice did not properly negotiate with workers over the impact of closing the supermax Tamms prison, the Dwight women's lockup and several juvenile facilities.
Steven Bierig (Beer-rig) ordered the government and the workers' union — the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — to continue negotiating and reach an agreement on the closure process and its effects within a month.
Democrat Quinn wanted to close the prisons and juvenile lockups by Friday (yesterday 8/31). But AFSCME sued and a southern Illinois judge ordered arbitration.
Cultra calls prison closures “Quinn’s inability to lead”
ONARGA, IL – State Sen. Shane Cultra (R-Onarga) offered the following comments after media reports about the Illinois Department of Corrections shelving its plans to shutter the Dwight and Tamms Correctional Centers by Aug 31.
“The whole prison closure situation has been a massive debacle that was orchestrated by Governor Pat Quinn’s inability to lead. Ever since the plan was hatched in February, we have had our doubts that it would come to fruition by August. But make no mistake about this; the damage has already been done,” Cultra said. “Workers and residents of Dwight and Livingston County still face an uncertain future. We will continue to work throughout the fall and into the Veto Session for a desirable solution that will hopefully keep Dwight Correctional Center open.”
The parking lot at the Metro Centre on St. George Road in Bourbonnais will be sealed and restriped Wednesday, August 29th. Because of this, the Metro Centre will be closed to the public all day on Wednesday. Commuters will be asked to park to the west of the building. Anyone wishing to purchase a monthly pass on Wednesday will need to visit one of the 7 other pass locations.
For more information on River Valley Metro call 815-937-4287 or log on to rivervalleymetro.com.