Bill to Repurpose Portion of Tamms Correctional Center Heads to Governor's Desk

May 29, 2019

A bill to repurpose a portion of the shuttered Tamms Correctional Center is moving to the governor's desk.

The bill's sponsor, Murphysboro State Representative Terri Bryant, said the measure creates the Tamms Minimum Security Unit Task Force.

"This is a task force to look at the minimum security unit that sits next door. There are actually two facilities there, one's the Supermax, this is the minimum security facility next door. I believe it was closed inadvertently and this is just the task force to see if we can find a use for it."

The House approved the bill back in March. But, Rep. Bryant said when it was sent to the Senate, the upper chamber made some changes to the bill.
 
"At the request of the lieutenant governor, three members were added to the task force, including making the lieutenant governor or her designee the chairman of the task force. It's to study the possible re-opening of the Tamms Minimum Security facility."

Rep. Bryant approved the changes Wednesday, sending the measure to Governor JB Pritzker.