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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.”

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Civil War Day in Watseka

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.

Read more: Civil War Day in Watseka

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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.

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Paxton Police advise of 3rd incident of strangers offering rides to kids

Ford County CrimeStoppers is seeking information about yet another stranger offering rides to children in Paxton.

CrimeStoppers welcomes all tips about any suspicious activity.  Anonymous calls can be made to 217-784-4173.  Callers can also contact Paxton Police at 217-379-4315. 

Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district officials are alerting parents of a third incident in an eight-day span involving a young person being approached by a stranger.

Read more: Paxton Police advise of 3rd incident of strangers offering rides to kids

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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.”

94.1 FM, WGFA