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92_HR0798 LRB9216611BHbh 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, Governor Ryan's proposed Department of 3 Corrections budget for FY03 does not include annualized 4 funding for the Vienna Correctional Center or for Valley View 5 Youth Center; and 6 WHEREAS, These facilities now house over 1,000 adult and 7 juvenile inmates; and 8 WHEREAS, The Department of Corrections has not presented 9 a clear plan as to how the Illinois prison system can absorb 10 these numbers of inmates at other facilities; and 11 WHEREAS, In presenting his budget to the General 12 Assembly, the Governor indicated that he was willing to 13 consider changes to the budget and welcomed the opportunity 14 for dialogue with legislators in shaping a final budget that 15 would have the approval of the General Assembly; and 16 WHEREAS, The General Assembly is currently holding 17 hearings and considering amendments to the Governor's budget; 18 and 19 WHEREAS, The Illinois House of Representatives acted on 20 April 5 to amend the Governor's proposed budget to include 21 full funding for Vienna CC and Valley View IYC; and 22 WHEREAS, DOC originally stated that the closure dates for 23 Vienna and Valley View would be July 31 and September 30, 24 respectively; and 25 WHEREAS, On April 9, in a clear violation of the 26 Governor's commitment to allow for input from the General 27 Assembly, DOC announced that it intends to move the closure 28 date for both facilities forward to May 15 and to lay off 29 most employees as of that date; and 30 WHEREAS, DOC has already begun to move inmates from -2- LRB9216611BHbh 1 Vienna - with some 400 having been moved out in recent weeks; 2 and 3 WHEREAS, As a result of the loss of maximum security beds 4 at Joliet Correctional Center, a significant number of 5 inmates have had their status arbitrarily downgraded; and 6 WHEREAS, There are reports that incidents of violence 7 have begun to increase throughout the Illinois correctional 8 system in recent weeks; and 9 WHEREAS, Two correctional facilities are currently on 10 24-hour lockdown; therefore, be it 11 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 12 NINETY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that 13 we strongly oppose the Department of Corrections' actions in 14 moving inmates during the course of legislative deliberations 15 and oppose any closure or downsizing of Vienna CC or Valley 16 View IYC without legislative approval; and be it further 17 RESOLVED, That the General Assembly calls upon the 18 Governor to uphold his commitment to full input from the 19 House of Representatives in the shaping of a final budget.
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