Posts Tagged ‘Gary Forby’

Illinois increases speed limit to 70 mph on rural highways

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn approved legislation Monday that will increase the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on interstate highways and is to take effect at the beginning of the new year. The new law brings Illinois’ speed li...


Hydraulic fracturing regulatory act awaits governor’s signature

With the passage of the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act Friday, Johnson County commissioners said Monday it is important for the community to prepare for its eventuality and ensure county infrastructure is protecte...


Tamms future still up for debate

By Isaac Smith | Special to the Gazette The saga of Tamms prison did not end when it was shuttered two months ago. The effects of Tamms’ closure have been felt not only in Southern Illinois, but also elsewhere throughout the ...


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Inmate-empty Tamms to close Jan. 4

The Tamms Correctional Center’s last day of operation is Jan. 4, 2013, Illinois Department of Corrections officials said Monday, noting that all inmates have been transferred to other facilities. After a lower-court injunctio...



Alto Pass signs fracking ban

Opponents of the mining process known as hydraulic fracturing are praising a recent ordinance signed by the Village of Alto Pass to ban such practices within the city limits. The ban, suggested as a “symbolic” position by a...


O’Neal, Cain to take office Dec. 1

With 100-percent of Johnson County precincts reporting before 9 p.m. Tuesday night, local general election unofficial results unseated States Attorney Tricia Shelton and pushed through Ryan O’Neal as Circuit Clerk. Turnout fo...


Tamms to stay open past deadline

Last week the employees at Tamms Correctional Center in Ullin received notice that a temporary delay in layoffs and closures would mean their employment status would remain “unchanged until further notice.” An Aug. 23, corr...


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Lockdowns, shakedowns fuel further debates on Tamms closure

When a power outage at a minimum-security state prison in East Moline occurred recently, a Moline union leader claimed staff reductions and overcrowding led prisoners to “riot” when the lights went off. Whether what occurre...



Forby continues to fight to keep Tamms open

When news of Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to shutter Tamms Correctional Center could result in a number of its inmates getting sent to other states, State Senator Gary Forby, D-Benton, wasted no time in issuing a press release M...


State Commission holds hearing on Tamms closure

Illinois state officials sit before the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability panel at Shawnee Community College Educational Center in Ullin Monday afternoon to argue in defense of Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal ...