2nd step of closing complete – Pontiac, IL – Pontiac Daily Leader

It seems the state isn’t wasting much time in moving along in the process of closing the Dwight Correctional Center.

Sen. Shane Cultra, R-Onarga, announced Thursday that the second step in the closure process has already taken place.

“On March 1, COGFA (Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability) asked the Department of Corrections for their opinion on the closure. This is the second step of the process. COGFA will have their response by March 31. We are waiting for COGFA to set a hearing date, which will include public comment,” Cultra said.

Cultra emphasized that the people who want to get involved still have time to get in contact with legislators by phone, mail or e-mail. The best way to get contact information for those people or for information about other things going on in Springfield is by visiting www.ilga.gov.

“It was good to see everyone work together at the rally in Dwight Monday and everyone working together is what will make the difference. Ultimately, it’s the governor’s decision whether the prison closes or not and he needs to hear the voices and the stories of the people that will be affected if the prison closes,” Cultra said.

An Economic Impact Study began recently to detail exactly what kind of hardships would befall the area if the prison were indeed closed.

Gov. Pat Quinn is proposing closing the 81-year-old Livingston County facility housing female inmates by the end of August.

Dwight Village Administrator Kevin McNamara said that Northern Illinois University began that study a little over a week ago and the results should be available on or around March 16.

“As far as I know, our next step is waiting for COGFA to set a hearing date,” he said.

McNamara said village and county officials continue to contact legislators and COGFA members, stating their case on why the prison should not be closed.

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