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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.”

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Metro Centre Closed Wednesday, August 29

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.

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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.

The historians are well-schooled professionals, who take the time to educate the rest of us what the Civil War was all about and how it played its part in local history.

The Battlefield Balladeers provided musical entertainment on civil war days instruments. Civil War souvenirs were also available for sale at the museum.

The Civil War encampment began at 9 a.m. Later in the afternoon, The Iroquois County Slow Boys Tractor Club provided trolly-transportation during a parade to the G.A.R. cemetery.  The  Grand Army of the Republic cemetery, tucked along side Oak Hill cemetery, is the resting place of many civil war soldiers.

Several descendants of Iroquois County soldiers marched to the graves to lay a wreath at G.A.R. cemetery.  Re-enactor Rod Miller read a list of local men who died serving in the Civil War 76th Infantry.

American Legion Post #23 and the Watseka High School Band also played in the re-enactment.

Those attending were invited to sing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "The Battle Cry of Freedom,"  songs originated during the war.


The re-enactment activities are made possible through the Illinois Humanities Council, the Illinois General Assembly, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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