Rauner opposes reopening southern Illinois prison camp
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration is giving thumbs down to reopening a southern Illinois prison.
The Senate voted 36-14 Tuesday to reopen the low-security Hardin County Work Camp in Cave-in-Rock. The proposal goes to Rauner, who closed the camp last winter.
Democratic Sen. Gary Forby of Benton says the camp provides jobs and critical work-skills programs for inmates.
Department of Corrections spokeswoman Nicole Wilson says the agency opposes the plan because closure will save the state $1 million annually in operating costs. And it spares taxpayers nearly $10 million in required renovation.
Sen. Dale Righter, a Mattoon Republican, says Democrats need to find the money for the projects they want to fund.
The House voted 69-34 in March to reopen the facility.