joins Rutherford and Radogno in statewide tour of correctional
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[June 26, 2008]
SPRINGFIELD -- State Sen. Larry
Bomke, R-Springfield, joined state Sens. Dan Rutherford, R-Chenoa,
and Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, on Tuesday at Lincoln Correctional
Center and Logan Correctional Center to address the proposed closure
of two state correctional facilities.
Rutherford and Radogno are touring state correctional facilities to
bring attention to the fact that a surprise announcement to close
any correctional facility across the state could be made by the
governor at any time. Bomke joined them at a press conference in
Lincoln to urge Gov. Blagojevich to issue an executive order for a
moratorium on prison closures and to create a comprehensive,
long-term strategic plan for correctional facilities in Illinois.
"The Illinois correctional system is currently at 135 percent of
capacity, and there is no reasonable explanation for the closure of
good and functional facilities across the state," Bomke said. "I
hope the governor will take steps to establish a long-term plan for
our prison systems in the state."
[Text from file sent on behalf of
Larry Bomke by Illinois
Senate Republican staff]