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Tag Archives: Gary Forby

Johnson County to nominate a new sheriff after 40 years

Johnson County residents will, or have, cast their vote on many important issues in tomorrow’s, March 18, 2014, primary election, including a new sheriff. Sheriff Elry Faulkner plans to retire at the end of his current term ending December 1, after serving Johnson County for 40 years, with very little …

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Opponents of ballot initiative announce formation of committee

Update Feb. 21:  After first publishing this article with the headline “Proponents for fracking announce formation of committee,” the Times was contacted for a correction as the committee emphasized they are neither “for” nor “against” fracking: First, we made it really clear that our group has nothing to do with …

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Forby and Phelps urge Southern Illinois communities to unite again after devastating tornado

HARRISBURG, IL – After torrential thunderstorms and a tornado tore through Brookport and other parts of Illinois, state Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) and state Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton) are encouraged by the governor’s state of disaster proclamation following a tour of the damaged areas on Monday, and are urging local …

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Sheriff Faulkner, state sheriffs support citizens’ right to gun ownership

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association at their Winter Training Conference adopted a resolution, which mirrors the National Sheriffs’ Association resolution, that strongly supports citizens’ protected right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. Seventy-three sheriffs, including Johnson County Sheriff Elry Faulkner, were in attendance at the Illinois conference held in Springfield …

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Rep. Phelps’ comments on recent attacks in Illinois’ prisons

February 7, 2013 Dear Editor: Coincidently, it was almost exactly one year ago, that Governor Quinn unveiled his plan to close the Tamms Correctional Center, a move that put 300 Southern Illinoisans in the unemployment line.  After this announcement I was determined to do everything in my power to reverse …

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SCC moving forward with new Career Technology Center

Construction of the new Career Technology Center at Shawnee Community College formally commenced at a groundbreaking ceremony on August 6th. In addition to the Board of Trustees, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon and Illinois Senator Gary Forby attended the event along with local government officials, agency representatives, and community members. “Illinois’ …

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Forby and Phelps praise temporary end to prison transfers

[quote] “I know that the decision to stop transferring prisoners is only temporary, but I hope it becomes permanent.  There are too many jobs at stake, Illinois’ prisons are already overcrowded, and it just makes no sense to move inmates from one of Illinois’ newest operational prisons to two of its …

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Lockdowns, shakedowns fuel further debates on Tamms closure

When a power outage at a minimum-security state prison in East Moline occurred recently, a Moline union leader claimed staff reductions and overcrowding led prisoners to “riot” when the lights went off. Whether what occurred was a riot or just unruly inmates at East Moline Correctional Center is in dispute …

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Forby continues to fight to keep Tamms open

When news of Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to shutter Tamms Correctional Center could result in a number of its inmates getting sent to other states, State Senator Gary Forby, D-Benton, wasted no time in issuing a press release Monday blasting the governor for outsourcing Illinois jobs. “Pat Quinn likes to …

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State Commission holds hearing on Tamms closure

Illinois state officials sit before the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability panel at Shawnee Community College Educational Center in Ullin Monday afternoon to argue in defense of Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to close the Tamms Correctional Center. The hearing, which lasted for more than four hours, took testimony from …

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