Joliet City Council Tables Collins Street Prison Plan

On Tuesday night the Joliet City Council tabled a proposal that would have the city ask the state of Illinois to transfer ownership of the Collins Street Prison to the city of Joliet.┬áThe council’s plan would see the city and the Joliet Area Historical Museum work together to rehabilitate and preserve the facility. The council is waiting to make a decision on the plan as the state has yet allow the city of Joliet to assess the current condition facility.┬áThere have recently been an increase in break-ins and it is believed that if the city owned the prison that it would be easier to patrol and would lead to a crack down on trespassers. The city would also be able to rehab the facility, which has been in a state of decay since the prison closed in 2002.

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