A memo circulated this week from the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice indicates the Tamms Correctional Center will officially close August 31st. But the 33-billion-dollar state budget before Governor Pat Quinn contains money to operate Tamms in the new fiscal year that starts July 1st. Quinn has yet to sign the budget. So the 300 Tamms workers on the chopping block remain in limbo. Union President Lieutenant Toby Oliver tells KZIM KSIM it’s tough to live day-to-day, not knowing what to believe. Oliver says transferring these maximum security offenders to Menard’s in Chester will lead to overcrowding and extreme danger to all inmates. Tamms is only half full and cost about 64-thousand a year per inmate to operate. If it closes, employees will be offered a transfer to other state facilities.
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