P.O. BOX 606
Murphysboro, IL. 62966
o: 618.684.6421 f: 618.684.2010
March 8th, 2012
Honorable Pat Quinn, Governor
Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
Dear Governor Quinn:
Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce opposes the proposed closings of three state
facilities in Jackson County. The Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro, the Southern
Illinois Adult Transitional Center in Carbondale and the Southern Illinois Forensic
Laboratory in Carbondale contribute significantly to the Jackson County economy and
their closures will adversely affect an area already suffering from a poor economy.
The Illinois Youth Center employs 91 workers and has a total economic impact of over
$24 million. The Southern Illinois Adult Transitional Center employs 17 workers and has
a total economic impact of approximately $4 million. The Southern Illinois Forensic
Laboratory also employs 17 workers with a total economic impact of approximately $4
million. The total loss of 125 jobs from Jackson County will result in the loss of
approximately $34 million from the economies of Jackson County and surrounding
The Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro was built in 1997. It is one of the state’s
newest correctional facilities. While the IYC was built for a juvenile boot camp and the
state is moving away from that juvenile rehabilitation model, the continued utilization of
this facility would be in the best interest of the state and Jackson County.
The Southern Illinois Adult Transitional Center, commonly known as the House of Glass,
has been a longtime successful program located in the Carbondale community.
Carbondale employers have employed residents of the House of Glass successfully
during their transition back into society.
The Southern Illinois Forensic Laboratory has provided essential services to the southern
Illinois law enforcement community for over 30 years. The closure of this facility in
Carbondale will adversely affect local police agencies in southern Illinois in their
processing of evidence in crime cases. The added cost of transporting evidence to the
new forensic laboratory in St. Clair County will force local police departments to
prioritize which cases they can afford to pursue and ultimately, forego continued
investigations in certain cases.
Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce opposes the proposed closings of these state
facilities as the actions will have significant adverse economic impacts in southern
Sincerely, and on behalf of the Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors,