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Prison gets $1.1M for roof

Work to involve five buildings

DIXON – The state plans to spend $1.1 million for a roofing project at the Dixon prison, officials announced Thursday. 

According to a state news release, the project will involve roofing 103,900 square feet, which will cover five buildings. The roofs will go on four inmate housing units and the building that houses the library, law library, sewing room, auditorium, chapel, and some classrooms.

“This construction project will address critical maintenance issues at this key Department of Corrections facility,” Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement. “It will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy as well.”

State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, said the prison is a major local employer and plays a big role in the public safety system.

“This capital investment helps to ensure it will be an efficient, viable facility for years to come,” he said in a statement. 

Path Construction Co. of Arlington Heights was the lowest of four bidders. The project will be managed by the state Capital Development Board. 

The project is expected to be completed in 6 months.

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