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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Aug 28, 2013

Local Police Chiefs Talk Gun Violence Prevention With Congressman Schneider, State Rep. Drury

Local law enforcement officials say gun violence is plaguing Cook and Cook counties, and they called upon U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D, IL-10) and State Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) for help Wednesday at a roundtable discussion on the matter. Progress Illinois was there for the meeting.

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
Tue Jul 3, 2012

Disability Advocates Support Clinic Closings

Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close two state centers for the developmentally disabled has angered some lawmakers and the state’s main public employees union. But advocates for the developmentally disabled believe Quinn’s move will actually help the lives of hundreds of disabled residents.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
Wed Jun 13, 2012

Lone Wolf Stymies Conversion Of Thomson Correctional Center To Federal Prison

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said under oath before a Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday what he has said for well over a year – that the dormant prison in Thomson, Illinois the federal Justice Department wants to buy would never hold detainees currently at Guantanamo Bay.

Instead, the facility, built by the state government in 2002 only to languish, will house federal inmates. According to the claims by Illinois Democrats and Republicans, the Obama administration, and village of Thomson, use of the prison in such a capacity would revive a downbeat local economy.

Yet one lawmaker has evidently stopped the conversion of Thomson Correctional Center to a Federal Bureau of Prisons operated facility: U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (pictured), a Republican from Virginia. “The matter has been discussed and debated for over a year,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat at the Senate committee meeting. “It was held up by one Republican Congressman.”

PI Original
by David Milton Brent
Tue Mar 6, 2012

Lessons To Be Learned By The Potential Closing Of Tamms Supermax Prison

In his recent budget speech, Gov. Pat Quinn proposed closing Illinois’ Tamms “Supermax” prison. The facility’s 14-year history serves as an apt symbol of how the state’s incarceration system has lost its way.