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Supreme Court Backs Gov's Plan to Close IYC

The decision, which was not unanimous, lifts the preliminary injunction that prevent the Illinois Youth Center-Joliet and other prisons to be closed.

Lower court proceedings aimed at forcing the governor to keep the Illinois Youth Center in Joliet and other prison facilities open were brought to a halt Tuesday by the Illinois Supreme Court.

A preliminary injunction to keep the buildings operating was lifted by the decision, according to an article by The Associated Press printed in the Joliet Herald News.

Gov. Pat Quinn's spokeswoman Brooke Anderson told the AP that the decision was the right one, supporting the governor's plan so taxpayers “will no longer be on the hook” for spending money buildings that are underutilized and expensive to run.

It was not a unanimous decision. Dissenting justices said they believed the court was overstepping its bounds, the story said.

Only one court case remains -- the one filed by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, which challenged whether an arbitrator's ruling that Quinn's shutdown plan followed proper procedures with correct, the story said. It's possible the case becomes moot with the high court's ruling.

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John Roberts December 13, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Don't worry people someone will come in and buy it..Most all prisons are going private.Crime is business and there is plenty of money to be made by investors...But there has to be income somehow,weather the prison files for grants from government of starts to do like the others and start the production of products...
John Roberts December 13, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Most of the kids that are in there is 1 lack of parenting,2 kids that kept running away and parents kept calling the cops,3 kids out running the streets unparented which allows availability....Most of the trouble I got into was because I had the chance to,parents always gone,run around the neighborhood with no adults in sight....I have seen people move to others neighborhoods like Minooka and say its just a better place to raise your kids..What do they do? They turn them loose to run around this great neighborhood they now live in and not even a month later one was in trouble with a felony at 13 for breaking into the baseball consession stand...It is not the neighborhood that makes it better it's parents that get on their kids asses..Don't let them run around,check bags before leaving,empty pockets,..it's the neighborhoods that keep an eye on their kids that makes it better,the parents that tell their kids if I yell and you do not hear me..your too far away...it's not the houses,the sidewalks,the streets that makes it a good neighborhood it's parenting...I know kids that are and were locked up in this place and never commited a crime..The parents just didn't like the fact that their kids acted exactly like them...Running away,chasing boys,fights,partying,hanging out with friends,ditching school...Parent your kids like a drill seargent if you have to,the judge,cops,and wardens will for you if you can not...
Randall December 28, 2012 at 04:03 AM
If you believe the "kids" in Joliet are any of your 3 listed problem area then YOU have no idea of what you are talking about and anyine reading your post should realize it.

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