Shuttered Hardin Co. Work Camp Site Can Be Sold

Jan 10, 2019

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that gives the Illinois Department of Corrections authority to sell the closed Hardin County Work Camp to Hardin County for $1.

The Southern Illinoisan reports the move will let officials move forward with plans to reopen the Cave in Rock facility as a multi-county jail. Rauner signed the legislation Thursday.

Hardin County Sheriff Jerry Fricker has said the renovated facility would house between 75 and 100 beds and could be a revenue generator for the county. He says the facility could help surrounding counties that don't have their own jails.

The camp once held 200 minimum-security prisoners. It was closed in August 2015 for budgetary reasons.