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Joliet council to vote on lease for Collins Street prison

The Collins Street prison on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Joliet, Ill.
The Collins Street prison on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Joliet, Ill.

JOLIET – The City Council on Tuesday is slated to vote on a proposed lease that will allow Joliet to explore uses for the old state prison on Collins Street.

The intergovernmental agreement with the Illinois Department of Corrections would allow Joliet to contract with private vendors for commercial and recreational activities at the prison, according to a council memo for the Tuesday meeting.

Joliet would pay no money in the five-year lease and could continue to assess the 170-acre facility for future ownership.

The city could also make repairs to the prison.

The proposal also is on the agenda for the council workshop meeting on Monday.

Joliet has been exploring potential ownership of the prison for months, hoping to find a way to stem break-ins at the prison and convert it for use as a tourism and destination place.

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