Ill. treasurer urges Quinn to stop Tamms closure - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Ill. treasurer urges Quinn to stop Tamms closure

Posted: Updated:
Rutherford says he was in the legislature when Tamms was built. Rutherford says he was in the legislature when Tamms was built.
  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Residents react to missing machete man

    Residents react to missing machete man

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-04-23 11:45:03 GMT
    POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Police are still searching for a possibly armed suspect, 26-year-old Jeffrey Wegener. Wegener stole an Oregon County Sheriff Department deputy's truck Sunday night and drove it
    POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Police are still searching for a possibly armed suspect, 26-year-old Jeffrey Wegener. Wegener stole an Oregon County Sheriff Department deputy's truck Sunday night and drove it
  • Missouri exceeding target for reducing energy use

    Missouri exceeding target for reducing energy use

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:17 AM EDT2014-04-23 09:17:20 GMT
    Gov. Jay Nixon's administration says it has exceeded a goal to reduce Missouri's energy consumption.
    Gov. Jay Nixon's administration says it has exceeded a goal to reduce Missouri's energy consumption.
  • Arch project hurting some businesses

    Arch project hurting some businesses

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:15 AM EDT2014-04-23 09:15:18 GMT
    Sales for some business in the Laclede's Landing area of the St. Louis riverfront are down - way down - and merchants are blaming construction.
    Sales for some business in the Laclede's Landing area of the St. Louis riverfront are down - way down - and merchants are blaming construction.
TAMMS, IL (KFVS) -

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is urging Governor Pat Quinn to stop plans to close Tamms and Dwight Correctional Centers at the end of August.

Rutherford says he was in the legislature when Tamms was built and it was built for a good reason.

He says the state's correctional system is overcrowded, and Tamms offered extra space.

 And, it's a home for the worst of the worst.

The treasurer says the closure is rushed, and IDOC doesn't have a plan in place for what's next.

"You don't just build a road in five or six months," said Rutherford. "You actually plan five years out. So when you look at a facility that's perfectly good, we're crowded in space, we don't have a plan. I think we ought to just stop, slow this thing down and put it together the right way."

The treasurer says closing Tamms and Dwight Correctional Centers is not  in the best interest of the overall correctional system that is already way over capacity.

Copyright 2012 KFVS. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.