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The Illinois House passes a bill to look into repurposing the former Tamms Prison property


The Illinois House Wednesday passed a bill to expedite the re-purposing and reuse of the property that formerly housed the Tamms Supermax Prison.

Pomona State Representative Paul Jacobs' measure creates the Tamms Minimum Security Unit Task Force to look into the various potential uses for the facility.

"Everything is for the public, including the possibility of providing mental health services, health services in general, public safety, law enforcement training purposes, fire service training purposes, medical training and any other option for repurposing the task force deems appropriate."

In 2019 the General Assembly created a task force to study the use of the facility as a vocational training center, but, this was on the eve of the COVID pandemic and that task force was never formed.

Tamms has been closed since 2013.

The bill now heads to the Senate for their consideration.

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