Daily dose: The night the lights went out in Champaign, Barickman bucks, Psychiatric hospital condemned, Zambrano moving?, More crowded prisons
In 1911, all streets in Champaign will be without electric lights after Sunday unless the mayor can find a way to put the city on firm financial footing. That was the decision reached by the city council Tuesday. A resolution adopted by the council read that the mayor was to notify the light company to shut off the lights if he was unable to make satisfactory arrangements. Another ordinance providing for the discharge of the volunteer firemen was adopted, and $360 was transferred from the general fund to the fire and water fund to pay the firemen to date.
In 1961, Urbana Mayor Stanley Weaver said he will report to the city council when he has completed studies of current city buildings and the cost of construction for new buildings to house the city offices, fire and police departments. The city has received one proposal for construction of a group of buildings flanking High Street on the east side of Vine Street. The proposed building would be built in conjunction with the extensive redevelopment of downtown Urbana anticipated by 1964.
From today's column ...
The campaign of Republican state Senate candidate Jason Barickman got an unusually large financial charge last week when he received a $10,000 contribution from Cannon Cochran Management Services Inc. of Danville. Barickman also got a separate $2,000 contribution from John Kluth of Champaign, who was listed as the chief financial officer of the firm that provides claims administration, claims technology, OSHA reporting, managed care and fraud prevention services.
The company’s contribution is the largest individual donation Barickman has received since becoming a state legislator less than a year ago.
Barickman, now a state representative, is challenging incumbent Sen. Shane Cultra, R-Onarga, for the Republican nomination in the 53rd Senate District.
Chicago psychiatric hospital hit in report
From the Chicago Tribune...
In a damning new report, experts from the University of Illinois at Chicago paint a grim portrait of conditions at a Chicago psychiatric hospital, describing an environment of chaos, physical attacks and sexual assaults that regularly puts its young patients in harm's way.
The report, released Tuesday by the state Department of Children and Family Services, found that Hartgrove Hospital, on Chicago's West Side, often was understaffed and over capacity — a dangerous combination that created opportunities for frequent attacks by patients on other patients and hospital staff.
In some cases, hospital employees physically harmed patients.
Reviewers from UIC interviewed children and teens who expressed fear for their safety or that of more vulnerable peers.
After reviewing findings of a preliminary report, DCFS officials in June put an "intake hold" on the facility, meaning they will not authorize the placement of state wards at Hartgrove.
Zambrano on the move
From the Chicago Tribune ...
Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano, whose future with the team is in doubt after the Cubs suspended him in August for the rest of the season, has placed one of his two Chicago-area homes -- a 13-room house in River Forest -- on the market for $969,000.
Zambrano, 30, has a history of tirades both on the field and in the dugout. In an August game, he gave up five home runs, and shortly afterward appeared to be trying to bean Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones in frustration. Zambrano then was ejected from the game, and afterward, he cleaned out his locker and informed those in the clubhouse that he was retiring.
If prisons close some inmates would go to gyms
From the State Journal-Register ...
Closing the Logan Correctional Center eventually will force Illinois’ jam-packed prison system to house 1,500 inmates in prison gymnasiums around the state, the Department of Corrections said in recently filed documents.
Also, up to 180 inmates from the medium-security prison at Lincoln would be transferred to the super-maximum-security prison in Tamms.
All 356 employees at the center could be offered other positions in the department because of vacancies, Corrections said. However, more than 160 employees probably would have to move out of the region to continue working for Corrections, and many others could face one-way commutes of up to 90 minutes.
The information is part of a facility closure report the department must file with the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability before the prison can be closed.
Gov. Pat Quinn has said Logan and six other state facilities have to be closed because the General Assembly did not appropriate enough money to keep them open for an entire year.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees, which represents most Corrections employees, said closing the prison will jeopardize the safety of both inmates and staff.