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Quinn Changes Mind On Closing Transition Centers

Illinois officials say Gov. Pat Quinn has decided three state facilities helping former prison inmates transition into society will remain open, a reversal of plans to close them because of budget constraints.

Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Stacey Solano said Monday the governor plans to keep the Fox Valley Adult Transition Center open. Kelly Kraft of Quinn's budget office also said the Peoria and Chicago's North Lawndale adult transition centers were also saved.

According to Kraft, the decision to keep the Fox Valley ATC open was based on a performance review. Kraft said the Fox Valley and Peoria centers had the highest job placement per capita of any Department of Corrections facilities.

The Aurora center has provided education, counseling and workforce training to 2,250 women since August 2000.

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