And while the arguments on the other side are also compelling (worker displacement, no cost savings, some disruption at IDOT), what is starting to bother me is that the Governor is now, in effect, pitting one part of the state against another. A bus (or busses) from Harrisburg are bringing people up here tomorrow to show support for the move at a hearing on the proposed move. Of course, Springfieldians will also be there to root for our community. Great. Maybe we can have a mock Civil War battle reenactment to decide the winner.
Then there’s this similar situation pitting north-central Illinois against northwestern Illinois:
The departure of IDOT’s traffic safety division from Springfield would have little direct impact on Pontiac, but McCoy wants to stay informed because his city faces the prospect of a similar loss.This just seems like a bad idea. Don’t relocate existing facilities. Build new ones as the need arises in other communities if you like, but pitting communities against each other is unnecessarily divisive and lacks leadership.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants to shut down the Pontiac Correctional Center and, in effect, replace it with a new prison at Thomson in northwestern Illinois that never has been fully utilized.