Over 300 employees are continuing to work at the Tamms Correctional Center in Southern Illinois, two months after the Governor proposed closing it. Alexander County Judge Charles Cavaness has ruled Pat Quinn can’t close Tamms until the union can meet with the Governor through an arbitrator to discuss how it can be phased out safely. The arbiter ruled Monday the state acted reasonably when it began taking steps to close Tamms. But he also agrees with the union that it would be better to keep the prison open. Union President Eddie Caumiant tells KZIM KSIM they disagree with the arbitrator’s ruling and will continue to fight to protect the health and safety of their corrections employees. Quinn Monday asked a judge in Cook County to lift an order that’s allowed the prison to stay open since August 31st. The union countered by asking Cavaness to keep that injunction in place. Quinn proposed closing Tamms last summer and transferring the 220 inmates to other prisons in Chester and Pontiac. The union says the case could go to the Illinois Supreme Court.
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