Dave Syverson

Illinois panel votes against plan to close detention center

A bipartisan legislative oversight panel opposed Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to shutter the youth detention center in Kewanee Tuesday, amid hopes for reprieve, repurposing or at least a plan for disposing of the 15-year-old facility.

The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability's 5-6 vote against closure is advisory, but lawmakers' comments reflected uneasiness with the delicate topic of housing and treating youthful offenders as well as the state's track record on mothballing obsolete sites.

The Republican governor's announcement in February that he would close the state's newest youth detention center — opened in 2001 — was hailed by civil rights...