Mayor urges residents to 'write and rally' for Logan Correctional
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[October 11, 2011]
Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder urges the
residents of Lincoln to "write and rally" in support of Logan
Correctional Center. Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed that Logan
Correctional Center in Lincoln be closed effective Dec. 31.
According to a recently completed economic impact study, the closing
of Logan would cause the loss of at least 460 jobs and an annual
loss to the local economy of at least $73.3 million.
"The loss of Logan would be a devastating blow to not only the
families affected, but to our entire local economy," Snyder said.
"We need all 14,500 people in Lincoln to stand united behind Logan
Correctional Center and speak out in support of keeping these jobs
and our economy intact."
Snyder called on the people of Lincoln to do two things this
week: (1) write letters and emails in opposition to the closure of
Logan Correctional Center to the Commission on Government
Forecasting and Accountability, and (2) attend a community march and
rally on Thursday.
Letters may be sent to:
Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability
ATTN: Logan CC Facility Closure
703 Stratton Building
Springfield, IL 62706
Emails may be sent to:
"We must communicate a clear message: Lincoln cannot afford to
lose Logan Correctional Center," Snyder said. "In a state economy as
weak as ours and in a community that is still recovering from the
loss of 600 jobs when the Lincoln Developmental Center closed in
2002, we cannot sustain losing nearly 500 more jobs and a $73
million hole in our economy."
The community march and rally will line up at 4 p.m. Thursday at
the chamber of commerce office, 1555 Fifth St. At 4:15 the march and
accompanying motorcade will make its way to the downtown square. At
4:45 a community rally will take place in Pulaski Street on the
Arcade side of the courthouse square.
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For more information about the march and rally, residents are
urged to contact the chamber of commerce at 217-735-2385.
"We need to pack the square with supporters," Snyder commented.
"The closure of Logan Correctional Center is a real possibility
unless we stand together and make our voices heard. Please write
COGFA and attend the rally this Thursday."
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