Chamber asks for county businesses to become involved in prison
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[October 19, 2011]
Andi Hake, executive director of the
Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce, has sent out a
communication asking the entire business community for help in the
drive to save the Logan Correctional Center.
In the letter, Hake explains why it is essential to have as much
input as possible for the Oct. 26 meeting with the Commission on
Government Forecasting and Accountability. The following is the text
of her message:
(Copy of file received)
Our community has a
very important event coming up next week. On Wednesday, October 26th
at 5pm the Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and
Accountability (CGFA) will convene to take testimony on the proposed
closure of Logan Correctional Center. Despite the arbitrator's
ruling, and some legislators belief that "it won't happen here"
Logan Correctional is still scheduled to close in January 2012. This
CGFA hearing is our chance to tell our story and defend one of our
top employers in Logan County.
On Tuesday, a small
group representing Logan County (Lincoln Mayor, Logan County Board
(Jan Schumacher), Mike Maniscalco, AFSCME Local 2073 Rep, and AFSCME
Council 31 rep along with myself met to discuss our approach to the
testimonies. This group decided that the facts (statistics) are
important, but what is more import in pleading our case, are the
stories of the lives that will be impacted by the closing of Logan
Correctional Center. The committee felt that having a large
representation from our business community with your stories would
make the biggest impact.
I'm reaching out to
you, our chamber and community member to ask for your help. We need
to hear your story. How will the closing of Logan Correctional
Center directly impact you, your business, your family, and the
families that work with and for you? I know that not everyone will
want to sit in front of this commission and speak, and we are ok
with that. We then, just need permission to tell your story for you.
Please respond to this email with your story (or call me 735-2385),
and let me know if you want to share your story yourself, or if you
want the Chamber to speak for you.
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whether or not you have a story, we need everyone at the hearing on
Wednesday, October 26th! Please come and show your support.
There are few times
in our lives that we are called upon to really make an impact, or a
difference if you will. I'm here today telling you that this is one
of those times.
[Text copied from file received from
the Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce]