SEMISSOURIAN – Sheriffs, others discuss effects of possible Tamms prison closure
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds discusses proposed state budget cuts to public safety that will affect Southern Illinois communities during a law enforcement news conference outside the Anna City Hall on Thursday. Behind Edmonds, at left, is Johnson County Sheriff Elry Faulkner, and at right is Union County Sheriff David Livesay.
ANNA, Ill. — Despite a state commission’s recommendation that the Tamms Correctional Center not be closed because of budget cuts, Southern Illinois law enforcement leaders gathered outside the Anna City Hall Thursday afternoon to discuss the effect of a closure on their communities. Area residents, worried about their jobs and adverse effects of a closure, expressed frustration at the lack of information they are getting about proposed cuts.