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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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Prayer vigil planned to show support for those impacted by facility closings

The community is invited to be a part of a prayer vigil which is planned Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Cross of Peace on Bald Knob Mountain near Alto Pass. The event is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. During the vigil, prayers will be said as a show of …

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Inmate-empty Tamms to close Friday, Jan. 4

The Tamms Correctional Center’s last day of operation is Jan. 4, 2013, Illinois Department of Corrections officials said Monday, noting that all inmates have been transferred to other facilities. After a lower-court injunction to block the closure was reversed by the Illinois Supreme Court Dec. 19, Gov. Pat Quinn proceeded …

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Judge grants union request

By Isaac Smith Alexander County First Circuit Judge Charles C. Cavaness again sided with the unions Tuesday morning in Cairo when he granted the temporary restraining order the group had requested. Tuesday’s hearing was scheduled after Steven Bierig, the arbitrator handling the grievances filed by the American Federation of State, …

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Tamms prison receives temporary ‘stay of execution’

Last week the employees at Tamms Correctional Center in Ullin received notice that a temporary delay in layoffs and closures would mean their employment status would remain “unchanged until further notice.” An Aug. 23 correspondence from the Illinois Department of Corrections to its Tamms’ employees was made available to the …

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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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Phelps Slams Governors Decision to Close Tamms Correctional Center

State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) released the following statement regarding Governor Pat Quinn’s planned August 31, 2012 closure of the Tamms Correctional Center and other Southern Illinois facilities: “I am disappointed and shocked by the governor’s out-of-touch efforts to close the Tamms Correctional Center, one of the few facilities in …

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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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