• Gov. Quinn defends reappointing Corrections chief

    by  • March 21, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Gov. Pat Quinn is defending his decision to reappoint the state’s Department of Corrections even after complaints from workers and Republicans about ethics, crowding and understaffing.

    The Democratic governor told reporters Wednesday has confidence in S.A. “Tony” Godinez. The Senate must confirm the appointment.

    Quinn reappointed Godinez this for a second two-year term. He took over in 2011.

    He’s overseeing contentious prison closures amid budget cuts despite record overcrowding. He was named in an ethics complaint for hiring an unqualified administrator. Prison guards complain of a spike in violence and several Republican senators met with him last month to voice concerns.

    Republican Senator Kyle McCarter of Lebanon says he could not recommend reappointment of Godinez, saying you judge a person in these situations based upon their performance and that the director’s performance is cause for concern.

    According to McCarter, not only have incidents of violence against both inmates and staff increased under Godinez, but overtime is expected to see a 36 percent increase this year, with $64 million anticipated at this time. According to McCarter, not only have incidents of violence against both inmates and staff increased under Godinez, but overtime is expected to see a 36 percent increase this year, with $64 million anticipated at this time.

    The Lebanon lawmaker says the situation within Illinois corrections is due to a failure in leadership.

    GOP Sen. David Luechtefeld of Okawville says he understands Godinez has a difficult job but would not commit Wednesday to voting in favor of reappointment.

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