Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Not as bad as it once looked
Burt Minor alleges bribery, won't drop out...
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Not as bad as it once looked

Thursday, Jul 9, 2015

* I’m sure this will come as a relief to the employees, but all this for a million bucks?

The proposed closure of a Southern Illinois prison work camp will not result in any of the workers losing their jobs, a new report says.

In a letter outlining Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan to shutter the 35-year-old Hardin County Work Camp, state prison officials say there are enough vacancies at the Shawnee and Vienna prisons to accommodate the 61 employees currently working at the camp. […]

In June, Rauner announced the closure of the 280-inmate work camp and the Illinois State Museum as part of a cost-cutting move after lawmakers sent him a spending plan that was more than $3 billion short of revenue. […]

According to the report, the closure will save an estimated $1 million annually. The state also can avoid having to spend as much as $9.8 million in construction upgrades, including a new kitchen, electrical work and water treatment improvements.

* Meanwhile

Gov. Bruce Rauner has quietly signed a measure to spend another $5.5 million on the proposed Illiana expressway, raising questions about whether he’s seeking to keep the project on financial life support.

Several weeks ago, Rauner shelved the controversial south suburban toll road with a flourish:

“In light of the state’s current fiscal crisis and a lack of sufficient capital resources, the Illiana will not move forward at this time,” his office said then in a statement. “It is the determination of the Illinois Department of Transportation that the project costs exceed currently available resources. The department will begin the process of suspending all existing project contracts and procurements.” Rauner also ordered the road removed from the state’s five-year road program.

But on June 30, Rauner signed a bill that includes$5,491,724 for the Illiana, even as he knocked out money for other projects, such as land acquisition for the proposed south suburban airport at Peotone. The bill said the money would “enable the Illiana Expressway to be developed, financed, constructed or operated.” […]

With talk persisting in Springfield that Rauner wants to keep the project alive as trade bait with south suburban officials, this subject is worth keeping a close eye on.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Progressive Math - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 12:36 pm:

    Maybe my math is off, but that sounds closer to 10 million

  2. - DuPage - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 12:36 pm:

    Rauner: Hey, if Indiana approves, then Illinois should too.

  3. - Old Shepherd - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 12:37 pm:

    It’s not about saving money. It’s about making Gary Forby and Brandon Phelps look bad.

  4. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 12:40 pm:

    ==The state also can avoid having to spend as much as $9.8 million in construction upgrades, including a new kitchen, electrical work and water treatment improvements.==

    10 million here, 10 million there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money

  5. - Apocalypse Now - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 12:49 pm:

    As former Senator Everett Dirkson, said, “billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you talking real money.” There are more of these type of cost savings throughout the state. They all add up to waste in government.

  6. - Just Saying .... - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 12:49 pm:

    You just cannot walk away from all the millions ($75+m?) already spent for this Illiana Expressway project. This area is the center of Intermodal activity in all of North America, and truck and rail access and additional capacity for this region cannot be ignored. For the good of this region and even for the nation, this project must remain alive. Unfortunately, a public-private partnership is no longer financially feasible. But, perhaps IDOT should consider traditional GO bonding for this crucial project so that future generations can help pay for it since they clearly will reap the economic benefits.

  7. - Southern Illinois Hoopdee - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 12:59 pm:

    I would have no issues with further roads being built with tolls, but that’s probably not going to happen the way this state is set up.

  8. - D.P.Gumby - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 1:00 pm:

    Maybe they can put it in the Museum /snark

  9. - Anon221 - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 1:03 pm:

    Is this his planned invasion route into Indiana? /s

  10. - The Colossus of Roads - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 1:13 pm:

    Not sure where they live and it is always good to still have a job, but Vienna is about 50 miles from Cave in Rock, so decisions will need to be made by the 61.

  11. - Ethan Hawk - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 1:18 pm:

    This Illiana project reminds me of the Ricketts insisting Chicago taxpayers need to pick up the tab to improve Wrigley Field. Only in this case it is the owners of the intermodal property trying to cajole the Illinois politicians (and Rauner) into putting the enormous cost of this unnecessary roadway onto the backs of the already overwhelmed Illinois taxpayers. Just what is needed in these financially-trying times for taxpayers, another Bridge To Nowhere for Illinois taxpayers. $5 million here, another $5 million there, it is “only peanuts” when you know that somebody else (the Illinois taxpayers) that is going to have to pick up the bar tab.

  12. - Cassandra - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 1:24 pm:

    I wonder if work camps make any sense anyway. Why not put the work camp residents in real jobs and let them live in real communities, on monitoring if necessary. A real jobs, vs. a work camp job, looks a lot better on a resume, I’m sure. The whole concept seems so retro, although I suppose the local community gets a big benefit.

  13. - Because I Said So.... - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 1:44 pm:

    @Ethan Hawk, you obviously don’t drive I-80 in rush hour.

  14. - sal-says - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 2:02 pm:

    == According to the report, the closure will save an estimated $1 million annually. ==

    Ahhh..REPORTED to save….

  15. - Chicago 20 - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 2:04 pm:

    The Elgin O’Hare Tollway cost $3.4 billion for 10 miles of road.

    The proposed Illiana will cost $1.3 billion for 47 miles of road.

    All of these vehicles need to get around the bottom of the lake.

    I-80 is overloaded with trucks right now.

    The only issue I have is it should connect to I-355.

  16. - Linus - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 2:08 pm:

    My attorney is filing suit against the Governor, seeking to recover my expenses for treatment of whiplash arising from watching his myriad, 180-degree flipflops (today’s entry: Illiana).

  17. - Huh? - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 2:30 pm:

    Linus wins. I about spit all over my computer keyboard.

  18. - State worker - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 2:43 pm:

    I wonder if Forby and Phelps wish they had supported Quinn. Turns out they still had a lot to lose.

  19. - Patrick Sharp - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 2:46 pm:

    Anyone who thinks Illiana is unnecessary needs to take a ride through Will County.

  20. - Mister M - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 3:48 pm:

    The Illiana, if built, will be a Tollway to be sure. So, whether for or against the boondoggle, should not all funding come from Tollway funds? IDOT has already spent too much money developing roadways that are then turned over to the Tollway.

  21. - DuPage - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 4:42 pm:

    Doesn’t the federal highway trust fund pay for the majority of the cost of building the highway?
    To save a million, the state might lose several times that amount. That would be sort of “reverse leverage” of the money. If Illinois leaves our money on the table, some other state might pick it up to build highways in their state.

  22. - Mister M - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 5:16 pm:

    “Doesn’t the federal highway trust fund pay for the majority of the cost of building the highway?”

    Last I knew, not for a Tollway. But there are sizable costs for the state (IDOT), like the ones now, for studies, planning, land aquisition, etc. and I believe the state eats those….leaving less for other roads.

  23. - Anon - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 6:01 pm:

    Tollway turned the project down based upon their traffic studies

  24. - roads scholar - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 8:15 pm:

    Interesting to hear people continue to state that the Illiana is needed and would be an economic engine like these are incontrovertible facts. Doubt about both propositions is precisely why CMAP opposed the road.

    Dispute CMAP’s analysis if you’d like, but bear in mind their former Executive Director is now running IDOT.

  25. - Chicago 20 - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 10:49 pm:

    More than anything, it probably has something to do with CMAP’s “planning”.

    CMAP was happy to spend 3 times more on a 10 mile road, but hey, a lot of connected folks were able to buy that land before the road was built and made windfall profits when their land was purchased by the State.

    Maybe in a few years the Illiana will be built, for more money, and the connected few owning the right parcels.

  26. - roads scholar - Friday, Jul 10, 15 @ 7:13 am:

    @Chicago 20 - Oh my god, how could I miss that? Yeah, I guess we just need to wait for some connected people to care about the Peotone airport. And for those intermodal facilities to get a little bit of clout. Then we’ll see the Illiana built.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Thanks, Mike Madigan!
* When even the dictionary dunks on you
* Question of the day
* It's all one, big thing
* It's just a bill
* Stay classy, Daniel
* *** UPDATED x10 - Breen responds to Minor - Minor responds - Harold speaks to Sun-Times - Raoul, Schneider, Ives, Rauner campaign, Durkin call on Minor to withdraw *** GOP township chairman alleged to have directed racist, homophobic remarks at black female GOP candidate
* National "Our Revolution" endorses Biss
* "Wauconda forever!"
* Maybe he's not so holy
* Pritzker and Biss spar over pension issue again
* *** UPDATED x1 - IEA weighs in *** Kennedy takes heat for dissing Cairo schools
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Biss' poll has him tied for second and 8 points back
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Biss blasts Pritzker over Madigan issue
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...







* Madigan's Dual Role Questioned - Alton Daily News..
* Rauner drinks chocolate milk to demonstrate com.....
* Editorial: Once again singing those Illinois' b.....
* Jameson points to harassment issue as an exampl.....
* Pritzker, Biss trade barbs over Madigan, pensio.....
* Ives wants Minor to drop House bid over 'inexcu.....
* Pritzker gets local Democratic endorsements - W.....

* Shelters open amid Midwest flooding as rivers keep rising
* The Latest: Flood forces evacuation of suburban Dallas homes
* Bloomington man gets 30-year sentence in death of son
* Former county commissioner named to lead Illinois Tollway
* AG candidate says GOP county official used racial slur
* First National Bank to halt production of NRA credit card
* Woman, 2 men dead in Illinois had been reported missing
* Illinois lawmakers revisit gun legislation
* Illinois lawmakers revisit gun legislation
* Man accused of plotting attack hammer attack of parents

* AG candidate Erika Harold says GOP county official used racial slur
* AG candidate says GOP county official used racial slur
* Illinois Democrats move toward licensing gun stores
* Rauner 're-evaluating' whether to move veterans out of Quincy home
* Recreational marijuana ballot question clears committee
* Biss, Pritzker clash at Springfield debate
* Watch replay: Democratic governor candidate debate
* Watch live at 7 p.m.: Democratic governor candidate debate
* Chris Kennedy skipping debate due to back injury
* Illinois megadonor jumps into Missouri right-to-work fight

* Here's who is unhappy with the Loyola-MacNeal deal
* Former Grace chef, GM sue over non-competes
* Former Grace chef, GM sue over noncompetes
* Rauner aims to hit Ives—but undermines his integrity
* Ex-Cook board member gets top tollway job

* Former Wheaton College student charged with stealing electronics from dorm rooms
* Chicago Police looking for information in investigation of 2018’s first homicide
* Defying NRA, Trump says raise the age for buying assault rifles
* Horoscope for Feb. 23, 2018
* Man wounded in Heart of Chicago drive-by shooting
* American women figure skaters don’t improve during free skate
* Police: Man shot to death in Englewood
* Tanks a lot — ‘New-look’ Bulls falter in final minute in 116-115 loss to Sixers
* In U. of C. talk, Nikki Haley says Trump’s tweets make her UN work ‘interesting’
* ‘Jane the Virgin’ star Gina Rodriguez walks on the wild side with ‘Annihilation’

* Russians get 1st gold thanks to 15-year-old figure skater Alina Zagitova
* Florida man screams, yells 'murderers!' as he's put to death for 1993 rape and slaying
* Missouri governor charged with invasion of privacy stemming from affair
* Bobby Portis scores 38 points but Bulls lose 116-115 to 76ers
* Jenna Badali slams door as Mother McAuley shuts down Lincoln-Way East
* 2 dead, 1 wounded in city shootings
* Dismal showing for U.S. female figure skaters
* Canadian hockey player Jocelyne Larocque apologizes for taking off silver medal
* Little Village man charged with murder after police say he nearly decapitated his 2-year-old son
* Chief Illiniwek protesters, supporters turn out for Illinois' final home basketball game

» Early Voting Gets Late Start In Some IL Districts
» Illinois’ Storied History of Choosing Its Second-in-Command
» Speaker Madigan Among Lead Topics At Democratic Gubernatorial Debate
» The Primary Race That’s Almost Guaranteed To Hit Your Bottom Line
» More Gun Legislation Filed At Illinois State Capitol
» Lawmaker Rips Rauner On Legionnaires' Response At Vets' Home
» Illinois Lawmaker Looks To Ban AR-15, 'Ghost Guns'
» After Husband's DUI, Supreme Court OKs Seizure Of Wife's Harley
» Setting the Record Not-So-Straight: Rights Group Pushes Inclusive History in IL Classrooms
» Mourners: Slain Chicago Officer Was 'One Of The Good Guys'

* AG candidate Erika Harold says GOP county official used racial slur
* Counterpoint: NAFTA a good deal for corporations, a bad deal for the country
* Point: North American energy trade boosts our economic and energy security
* Thumbs Up: Work and fellowship for those who need a boost
* Eugene Robinson: Trump and the GOP won't act on gun control. So we must.
* AG candidate says GOP county official used racial slur
* Illinois Democrats move toward licensing gun stores
* Rauner 're-evaluating' whether to move veterans out of Quincy home
* Recreational marijuana ballot question clears committee
* Biss, Pritzker clash at Springfield debate

* DAILY RECORD: births, fire calls
* Maryln S. Corley
* Bart A. Pierson
* Virgie I. Billingsley
* Mary Ronsi
* Amanda Lilly Sheumaker
* Ruth Yvonne Goddard
* Underwood: 'We're gaining ground'
* Frazier: 'We've had a lot of fight in us'
* Fight there, result isn't in UI loss to Purdue

* Jon Gillies makes 35 saves, Flames beat Coyotes 5-2
* Trocheck scores late winner, Panthers beat Capitals 3-2
* Scandella scores in OT to give Sabres 3-2 win over Red Wings
* Devils acquire Grabner from Rangers in rivals' first trade
* No. 2 Mississippi State women cruise by Auburn 82-61

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated
* River Town Chronicles: Randy Hultgren is T...
* Duckworth taps downstate principal as Stat...
* A New Congressional Caucus Backs Planetary...
* House passes bill boosting funding to Illi...
* Reps Question DHS's Decision to Deny Asylu...
* Before the State of the Union, a chance to...
* Trump administration denies entry to Irani...
* Iranian refugees, denied entry to US, coul...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* Armed school teachers – a warped idea whose time has arrived? Let’s hope not!
* The Moonlighter fills Logan Square's burger and sports bar gap—and it's surprisingly pleasant
* The CTA is crowded and slow. The Reader can fix it!
* Web series Super Narcoleptic Girl introduces a superhero who fights off crime and sleep
* Attorney and former Playboy model Corri Fetman calls out ‘body-shaming’ attack ad in judicial campaign
* Birther controversy in 2nd Subcircuit?
* The [Thursday] Papers
* Lantern Bearers Needed For Argyle Lunar Parade
* Meeting On Re-Opening Carol's Pub, March 1
* The week that was.

* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

* Google I/O 2018 signups are open!
* Android Oreo update is once again rolling out to the Galaxy S8 and S8+
* Apple Pay Promo Offers Free Delivery With Instacart
* App Store Pages Now Able to Feature Up to 10 Screenshots
* Google says more than 40 carriers and device manufacturers now use its platform for RCS, the next generation of SMS
* Airbnb is rolling out a new tier aimed at higher-end travelers
* Qualcomm rejects yet another Broadcom offer, leaving little room for negotiation

* Oscar Gamble: When I’m at bat, I’m in scoring position
* White Sox youth look to get taste of Majors
* CF and relief pitching focus of camp battles
* In the year 2020 ...
* White Sox want Rodon healthy for long haul
* Santiago made his own uniform for Photo Day
* The Game I’ll Never Forget: Chet Lemon

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller