Sen. Barickman tours former women’s prison
“I think the administration recognizes that something must be done with this, and it may require investment from the state, and it may require looking at creative ways to either use another governmental entity type of purpose, or a private-public partnership,” says Barickman.
Barickman says the next step means appraising the property, offering it to other state agencies, or private entitities which could take six months or more.
A native of the Dwight area, Barickman says Governor Quinn’s decision to close the prison as a cost-cutting move has had a ‘detrimental’ effect on the community, directly affecting more than 350 jobs. The Senator also says it’s clear the prison grounds haven’t been maintained for the past several months, and the administration has a responsibility for it, regardless if it’s being used.