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Offline Hfanclub

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Visiting at Western Illinois CC with a baby
« on: April 22, 2017, 05:13:11 PM »
I just wanted to share my experience because I didn't find much info about visiting rules with a newborn, specifically at Western IL CC. I have now visited three times with the baby and had pretty similar positive experiences each time.  I had to give two forms of ID and fill out a visitor form for the first visit.  No paperwork was required for the baby,  they did ask to verify if he was mine.  After filling out a visitor's log book,  (you'll need your license plate number!), they called my name,  returned my ID, and took the baby and I into a small private room to check me over.  They asked that I open up the baby's diaper so they could see front and back.  Then they had me put my arms out to the sides and patted down both my sides,  had me lift and shake out my hair,  pull out the front of my bra and shake it out,  run my thumbs around my waistbanoffofficon one occasion asked to see the top of the waistband of my underwear. Also,  she had me removed my shoes and look at the bottoms of my feet while she checked the insides of my shoes.  They provided a coin for a locker for my ID and my keys and the cash I had left in my pocket from purchasing a vending card.  The vending card I purchased using a $5 bill,  but it immediately gave me a $3 credit. I kept my vending card, the locker key,  and was given a red fabric WICC bag with handles for baby supplies. I packed two 8oz. baby bottles full of pre-made formula,  a pacifier,  a burp rag,  a small blanket,  three diapers,  and a package of travel sized wipes. The CO just went through the items and packed them into the red bag and then handed the bag to me.  I carried the baby through a metal detector and had my left hand stamped with invisible ink. They led me through four sets of doors and used a special light to scan my hand stamp.  When I walked into the visiting room I gave them my husband's last name and they gave me a table number.  I sat at the table across from that seat with the label that said "inmate". It only took a few minutes before my husband came through I side door.  We were able to hug and kiss briefly before we sat down.  I handed him the baby and he was able to hold him through the entire four hour visit. The inmates are not allowed to use the vending machines, so I made about five trips over to them to check labels and prices to purchase him snacks.  The prices are high,  but not ridiculous.  I bought a $5 Philly cheese steak sandwich,  a $5 pepcalibrecalzone,  the sodas are $1.75, the chips are $1.25, and candy bars are $1.50-2.25 each.  There are two free microwaves available to heat vending items along with packets of condiments and small paper plates.  To change the baby's diaper,  I went to the desk and asked the CO to use the restroom and was escorted by a female CO to the bathrooms where there was a pull down diaper changing station like any restaurant would have.  I asked if we were allowed to hold hands and was told it was allowed over the table only.  In the visitor's room,  I did notice two other women visitors,  one had a T-shirt with writing that she was wearing backwards and one had on a V-neck T-shirt turned backwards. We were allowed a four hour visit,  when a CO came over and told us very nicely that he would give us 15 more minutes. We hugged and kissed goodbye and I went to the visitor's door with the baby.  A female CO that led me out while they scanned my hand said that if I come back that I could bring in his car seat for him next time,  they'd just check under the cover. I was led back to the main visitor's office, retretrieved my items from the locker,  and signed out in the visitor's logbook before leaving.  On one other visit,  it went exactly the same except there were CO's stopping visitor's in the parking lot and checking through the interiors of the cars and checking ID's. Everyone that I encountered was very polite and respectful.  I even had a few of the CO's that looked like very tough guys make goofy faces at the baby And talk to him,  ask about how old he was,  etc. On our next visit,  I did take in the carseat and they removed and looked under the cover.  The CO walked it around the walk through metal detector and met me with it on the other side. Before,  I was so nervous about going and it was really very easy and SO worth it to go!

Offline Lu

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Re: Visiting at Western Illinois CC with a baby
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2017, 09:32:54 PM »
I'm so glad you had a good experience there.  I imagine getting to take the car seat in would be blessing.  It was one of the better places for a visit for us.  It was really nice that the visitor's restroom was just off the visiting room. The vending machine selections were the best that we have seen out of three different facilities.   

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Re: Visiting at Western Illinois CC with a baby
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2017, 11:24:45 PM »
Hi, I'm new and will be visiting soon.  How do you add money to the vending card?

Offline Lu

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Re: Visiting at Western Illinois CC with a baby
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2017, 12:57:26 PM »
In the check in area at the front desk, there will be a wall machine for purchasing vending machine cards.  You must have a $5 bill.  Insert the $5 bill and it will return a card to you with a $3 credit on it.  Then you must reinsert the card to add money on to it.   The food is not cheap so how much you put on it depends on your appetite!   I generally add at least $50/day but that was with 3 people eating off of it!   One bit of advise I learned -  write you name in permanent marker (the desk may have one) on the card!!   In case you leave the card in the vending machine (which is easy to happen), then you can prove it's yours.   I actually lost a card with about $20 left on it.  Of course, whoever found it had a nice treat on me.   

One nice thing is that they sell a new pack of playing cards for $3 (there are the regular size and then large face decks).   This was a nice way to break the ice while visiting.  Also, Western had ice cream cones, Klondike bars, good salads, and fried chicken packs.  Really nice treats for our loved ones!

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Re: Visiting at Western Illinois CC with a baby
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2017, 08:34:15 PM »
Thank you LU.  When you reinsert card to add money to the card do you use cash or credit card or either? 

Offline Lu

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Re: Visiting at Western Illinois CC with a baby
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2017, 09:06:59 PM »
Only cash, i.e. $5, $10 or $20's.

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Re: Visiting at Western Illinois CC with a baby
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2017, 10:18:53 AM »
Thanks, your information really helps.

Offline Beth2515

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Re: Visiting at Western Illinois CC with a baby
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2017, 03:45:48 PM »
So ill be visiting next week and i only have a drivers license that matched my info that my bf provided..u mentioned they asked you to provide to valid ID's..i have a foid card but it has a different address..i dont want to be turned away after 4 hrs drive

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Re: Visiting at Western Illinois CC with a baby
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2017, 06:43:13 PM »
They don't really check the address on if a as addresses change what they want is dl and social security card if possible
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