Springfield, IL – Illinois senators returned to Springfield on Wednesday, May 7, to address a wide-range of issues, including a plan by lawmakers to review the process by which Illinois closes down its prisons, according to State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-Crystal Lake).  


A bipartisan group of lawmakers came together on Thursday, May 8, to introduce House Bill 1235, which would create a Correctional Facilities Panel charged with closely examining the conditions at Illinois’ correctional centers. Until the panel completes the review and submits its findings to the General Assembly, a moratorium would be placed on all correctional facility closures. House Bill 1235 was introduced after a number of seemingly arbitrary and sudden prison closure announcements, including the Administration’s recently publicized intentions to close Pontiac Correctional Center.


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