Democrat 58th district senate candidate Michael Bigler said, if elected, he’ll build a bipartisan coalition to fight planned closures of Southern Illinois prisons.

Bigler applauded a judge’s decision earlier this week to halt the closure of Tamms Correctional Center and several other correctional facilities throughout the state. Closing a state-of-the-art, maximum-security facility to balance the state budget doesn’t make sense, Bigler said, vowing to build resistance to state leaders’ habits of raiding budgets and balancing finances on the back of its employees year after year.

“It is high time that Chicago powerbrokers realize that Southern Illinois has a democratically elected seat at the table, and we will not kowtow to their interests,” Bigler said.

Bigler of Anna is running against incumbent Republican state Sen. Dave Luechtefeld of Okawville in the November general election.

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