McCoy hopeful for word on prison situation next week
By Sheila Shelton
Pontiac Daily Leader
Tue Mar 10, 2009, 12:49 PM CDT
Pontiac, Ill. -
Pontiac Mayor Scott McCoy said he thinks the answer concerning the future of Pontiac Correctional Center could come as soon as next week.
This notion came after McCoy spoke to Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday in Chicago.
McCoy was in Chicago to attend a meeting hosted by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Quinn on the Illinois High Speed Rail issue. A proposed high-speed rail line would run through Pontiac.
“I am very interested in the high-speed rail system, as Pontiac is on that corridor,” said McCoy. “But I’m also going to do whatever I can to stay in front of Gov. Quinn, to keep the Pontiac Prison issue fresh in his mind.”
After the meeting and scheduled press conference on the rail issue, McCoy said he stuck around to speak with Quinn on the governor’s way out of the building.
“He said I would be hearing from him very soon,” McCoy said of speaking with the governor. “I thanked him for his time and efforts into looking into the PCC issue for us. The governor then smiled and said Pontiac is a wonderful Main Street community.
“I think we will know more next week when the governor announces his budget for the coming year,” said McCoy. “I believe I am correct that the entire budget will be made public on March 18 and it should include the budget for all of the Department of Corrections and that would or would not include Pontiac Correctional Center.”
McCoy said all of the discussion about the high-speed rail was very preliminary and caused by the fact that some of the federal stimulus money for the state could be used to set up and start this proposed Chicago to St. Louis corridor.
“As mayor I have been keeping very much abreast of all discussions about this proposed corridor,” he said.” Right now we just want to get the ball rolling. Durbin said it is hoped that the program could be operational by 2014. I want to make certain that while the high-speed trains would not be stopping here, that we are able to keep all the current Amtrak service we have.”http://www.pontiacdailyleader.com/news/x1445721257/McCoy-hopeful-for-word-on-prison-situation-next-week