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Ban on private immigration detention facilities passes Illinois House

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — A statewide ban on privately-run immigration detention facilities overwhelmingly passed the Illinois House on Wednesday.

Lawmakers voted 85-26 on House Bill 2040, which essentially seeks to bar private companies from running detention centers for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the state of Illinois.

The bill was introduced by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) after the Dwight Village Board voted to lay the groundwork for the private Immigration Centers of American to construct and run an ICE detention facility in the LIvingston County village of 4,200.

As written, House Bill 2040 would endanger the agreement between the village of Dwight and ICA.

ICE is currently looking to build a new detention facility within 80 miles of Chicago.

Locally, Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria); Rep. Dan Brady (R-Bloomington); Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb); and Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) voted in favor of the bill.

Rep. Keith Sommer (R-Morton), Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) and Rep. Lance Yednock (D-Ottawa) voted no. Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) did not vote. Rep. Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City), whose district includes Dwight, was excused from today’s session. He recently suffered serious injuries in a car accident. 

The bill now heads to the Illinois Senate.

Tim Shelley

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