It’s on to the Illinois House for an attempt to keep four corrections facilities open. The Senate Wednesday overrode the governor’s budget veto of $56 million for Tamms, Joliet, Dwight, and Murphysboro. “Right now, our prison situation in the state of Illinois is (a capacity of) 33,000 people,” said State Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton), “and we’ve got 49,000 people now in prison. So, if you close these facilities, where are you going to put these people? You’re going to end up being overcrowded, anyway.”
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Sen. Annazette Collins (D-Chicago) pointed out that the ACLU and dozens of other groups support the closing of the supermax prison at Tamms. The Senate overrode the governor’s veto of SB 2474, 35-16.