Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants the House of Representatives to spend money on children, not outdated prisons. Quinn continues to try to divert money from prisons to child-protection services after the Senate rejected the attempt made there. The state Senate voted 35 to 16 to reject Quinn’s $57 million cuts.
The lawmakers want to use that money to restore and keep running the Tamms high-security prison, the Dwight women’s lockup and juvenile detention centers. Quinn says the sites are underutilized and money is better spent in the Department of Children and Family Services. Even if the House overrides Quinn, it doesn’t force him to keep the prison doors open. He just couldn’t spend the money elsewhere.