Republican State senator Kirk Dillard called for the Murray Center to remain open, when he stopped in Murphysboro earlier this week.
Dillard brought his campaign for governor to southern Illinois Tuesday, telling WSIU News that it is outrageous that Governor Pat Quinn closed the Tamms Correctional Center, noting that as chief of staff to former Governor Jim Edgar, he helped plan the facility.
The DuPage County republican says he understands the importance of having Tamms as a deterrent and also emphasized the need for keeping the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia open. He called the Murray Center a special place with caring people and caring staff.
Dillard said his plans, if elected, include heavily pushing two constitutional amendments.
The first would include provisions that state lawmakers would not be paid if the state doesn’t have a constitutionally balanced budget for the year. The second would eliminate legislative pensions.
He also pledged no income-tax increases and to reverse decisions made by Gov. Pat Quinn regarding Illinois Department of Corrections operations, such as closing facilities at Tamms and in Illinois Youth Center at Murphysboro. Job creation will be another focal point of his campaign.
He said it pains him to see that Illinois has become an embarrassment and the punch line on late-night television.
The Hinsdale lawmaker says it won’t be enough for the state to elect a republican governor; the party needs to elect a candidate who has the ability to work with legislators on both sides of the aisle.