Senate Rejects Gov's Decision to Close IYC, but May Not Be Enough
While both houses are expected to support an effort to keep several prisons open, the governor does not have to comply.
The Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to stop several prisons from being closed, including the Illinois Youth Center in Joliet, from being closed, according to a published report.
The Illinois House is expected to do the same, essentially overriding a veto of the funding for the facilities issued by Gov. Pat Quinn, a story in the Bloomington Pantagraph said.
What's not known, however, is whether the action will stop Quinn, who has the ability to close prisons without legislative approval and has been steadfast in saying he plans to do so.
“It would be wrong, but it is completely his option,” state Sen. Shane Cultra (R-Onarga) told the paper.