The crown jewel in McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren’s crown is the top floor of the McHenry County Jail.
Constructed by a County Board that thought McHenry County’s criminal population would grow, it was not built out until Nygren came into office.
He cut a deal with Federal immigration authorities to house illegal immigrants there.
That floor has been a cash cow ever since.
Now word comes word via an article by Marc Wiley in Illinois Review that Crete, Illinois, officials are negotiating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials for another place to put illegal aliens.
The $60 million facility would be privately financed, run by Corrections Corporation of America and would be on the tax rolls, village officials think.
Sounds like competition for McHenry County, maybe a way to drive ICE costs down.