Even as Illinois loses a youth prison, it's gaining an adult correctional facility.
Illinois' Department of Juvenile Justice is going forward with plans to close the Illinois Youth Center at Kewanee.
Director Candice Jones said recruiting staff was difficult and national practices favor smaller regional facilities. Plus, she'd said, most of the juvenile offenders sent there were from Cook County; it's better to house them nearer family.
Kewanee's closer to Iowa than to Chicago.
Most adult prisoners come from Cook County and the surrounding area too.