Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he's shutting down state facilities despite the fact that lawmakers are still pushing to keep them open. A total of 62 facilities are being shut down including Dwight Prison, Tamms Prison, and youth detention centers in Joliet and Murphysboro.
Quinn says the bottom line is the facilities need to be closed if the state is going to have money for schools, health care, and public safety. Opponents of the plan say moving prisoners could contribute to current overcrowding and endanger the safety of inmates and workers. Most facilities will shut down on August 31st.