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Rep. Tracy, GOP Lt. Governor candidate visits voters in Vienna

Posted January 29, 2014 by Joe Rehana in News

Dillard-Tracy Team call for reopening of Tamms Correctional Center

Candidate for Illinois Lt. Governor, Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy), left, speaks with Johnson County residents Friday afternoon at the Vienna Diner in a “meet and greet” in which she spoke on reasons to elect the Dillard-Tracy Team running for Governor. Tracy, a native of Anna and a Southern Illinois University in Carbondale law school graduate, said the people of Illinois deserve better management of their state and its resources, something she and State Senator Kirk Dillard would bring to a governorship.  ~ Joe Rehana | Goreville Gazette

Candidate for Illinois Lt. Governor, Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy), left, speaks with Johnson County residents Friday afternoon at the Vienna Diner in a “meet and greet” in which she spoke on reasons to elect the Dillard-Tracy Team running for Governor. Tracy, a native of Anna and a Southern Illinois University in Carbondale law school graduate, said the people of Illinois deserve better management of their state and its resources, something she and State Senator Kirk Dillard would bring to a governorship. ~ Joe Rehana | Goreville Gazette

Candidate for GOP Lt. Governor, State Rep. Jil Walker Tracy (R-Quincy), was in Vienna Friday afternoon for a “meet and greet” held at the Vienna Diner where she spoke on her qualifications for the job and touched on what a Dillard-Tracy governorship would look like.

Tracy also called for the reopening of Tamms Correctional Center and the departure of Illinois Department of Correction’s director Salvador A. Godinez.

“Tamms Correctional Center is a tool that protects our frontline correctional officers and staff. It was shuttered by Governor Pat Quinn and his Department of Corrections director Salvador Godinez,” Tracy said in a press statement Friday. “State Senator Kirk Dillard and I are calling on the Illinois Department of Corrections to reopen Tamms.”

State Senator Kirk Dillard and Tracy cite an increased 35 percent in overtime costs by the department during Fiscal Year 2013 as a primary example of why the shuttering of Tamms was a mistake.

“Governor Quinn and director Godinez believe that money was saved. If you look at personnel costs, I think that conclusion is questionable, and it is likely that even more money will be spent during FY 14 on overtime,” Tracy said. “IDOC claims assaults and overtime costs are not up. They also use accounting methods that claim our facilities are designed for 50,000 inmates. Overtime is up. Staff assaults were up nearly 20 percent. We’re spending more, and the people we count on to maintain order are less safe. It makes me question what, if any, positive changes came from closing Tamms, Dwight Correctional Centers, the Carbondale ATC, or the Murphysboro Youth Center?”

Representative Tracy also reiterated Senator Dillard’s call for the resignation or termination of IDOC director Godinez saying, “Godinez needs to go.”

“Mr. Godinez’s tenure at corrections has been marred by scandal after scandal,” Tracy said. “The 10,000 men and women who work at our correctional centers deserve more than working under the cloud of controversy that hangs over Governor Quinn’s IDOC.”