Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability
C.D. Davidsmeyer, Co-Chair
David Koehler, Co-Chair
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December 22, 2009 Meeting Agenda
Initial Notice Posted on December 22, 2009
Thomson Agenda December 22, 2009


Purpose: State Facility Closure Act Hearing
Illinois Department of Corrections - Thomson Correctional Center Closure

December 22, 2009; 2:00 p.m.
Sterling High School Centennial Auditorium, 1604 4th Avenue, Sterling, IL

  1. Call to Order by Commission Co-Chairmen:
         Senator Jeffrey M. Schoenberg / Representative Richard P. Myers
    1. Summary: State Facility Closure Act
    2. Summary: State Property Control Act

  2. State of Illinois Executive Branch Officials:
    1. Chief Operating Officer Jack Lavin, Office of the Governor
    2. Director Michael P. Randle, Illinois Department of Corrections
    3. Director Jonathon Monken, Illinois State Police

  3. Federal Government Officials:
    1. Director Harley Lappin, United States Federal Bureau of Prisons
    2. Principal Director Alan Liotta, U.S. Department of Defense/Office of Detainee Policy

  4. Elected Officials & City/Village Representatives:
    1. State Senator Tim Bivins (45th Senate District)
    2. State Representative Jim Sacia (89th Representative District)
    3. Barb Suel-Janis, on behalf of Representative Mike Boland (71st Representative District)
    4. Trustee Vicky Trager, Village of Thomson
    5. Director of Public Works/City Engineer Shawn Ortgiesen, City of Dixon (Representing the City)
    6. Mayor George Gaulrapp, City of Freeport
    7. County Board Member Jim Bohnsack, Rock Island County Board
    8. Village President Bonnie Heckman Foust, Village of Shannon
    9. Mayor Larry Russell, City of Fulton
    10. County Board Member Gerald Bork, Carroll County Board

  5. Employee Organizations, Unions and Associations:
    1. Executive Director Henry Bayer, AFSCME Council 31
    2. President Lori Laidlaw, AFSCME Local 2359 (Thomson Correctional Center)
    3. President Ralph Portwood, AFSCME Local 1866 (Stateville Correctional Center)
    4. President Anthony Ferranto, AFSCME Local 1175 (Menard Correctional Center)
    5. President Brad Long, Northwest Illinois Building Trades
    6. Executive Director Rory Washburn, Tri-City Building Trades

  6. Educational and Economic Development Organizations:
    1. Educational Organizations:
      1. President George Mihel, Sauk Valley Community College

    2. Economic Development Organizations:
      1. Heather Sotelo, Greater Sterling Development Corporation
      2. Administrator Betty Steinert, Whiteside County Economic Development
      3. Executive Director Diane Komiskey, Jo-Carroll Depot Local Redevelopment Authority
      4. Dr. Edward Olds, III; Jo-Carroll Depot Local Redevelopment Authority Member
      5. President & CEO Michael Hastings, Tri-County Economic Development Alliance, Inc.
      6. Sandy Henrekin, Rock Falls Community Development Organization
      7. President Dr. William Tonne, Blackhawk Hills Resource Conservation and Development

  7. Advocacy Organizations and General Public Comments:
    1. Advocacy Organizations:
      1. Staff Attorney Alice Johnson, Illinois Nurses Association
      2. Andy Jackson, Sinnissippi Mental Health Center
      3. Beverly Perlson, The Band of Mothers
      4. Denise Cattoni, Illinois TEA Party
      5. John "Howie" Howell, Chandler's Watch
      6. Robert Clark, Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, President
      7. Craig Mijares, TEA Party Palatine Group District Coordinator
      8. Sandra Mijares, TEA Party Palatine Group & Concerned Citizen
      9. Richard Biesiada, Chicago Minutemen, Director
      10. Debbie Lee, America's Mighty Warriors

    2. General Public Comments:
      1. Kirk Wellman, IL Department of Corrections, Dwight Corrections Officer
      2. Dan Proft
      3. Joe Alger, Concerned Citizen
      4. Steve Stevlic, Concerned Citizen
      5. William Kelly, Business Owner
      6. Robert Zedeck
      7. John Arrington
      8. Adam Andrzejewski
      9. Jeff Otto, U.S. Marines Veteran and Concerned Citizen
      10. Jane Digiovanni, Illinois TEA Party Patriot and Concerned Citizen

  8. Old Business:
    1. Jessie "Ma" Houston
    2. Kankakee Correctional Center

  9. New Business

  10. Adjournment