One of the questions at the October 11th McHenry County League of Women Voters Candidates’ Night was whether candidates supported the used of the Jail as an ICE detention center.
First to answer was Democrat Carlos Acosta.
He said it had been “controversial for the last twenty years.”
Continuing, Acosta said, “I don’t know enough about it to know whether to support or not.
“If treated respectfully I’d like to have it remain here.”
He told of visiting detention centers where those behind bars were not treated well.
Larry Smith answered, “Yes.”
He pointed out that the operation brought in $9 million a year to the County coffers.
Larry Spaeth explained that he was “not really comfortable” enforcing the Federal government’s policies.
He said he would “look at the financial benefits first,” that he has “some questions about it.”
John Jung explained that 10-11 years ago the “Federal government gave
funds to help build the jail.”
In summary, “I support the contract.”
Michael Rein also favored continuation of the County operation.
“It gives us extra funds that go in the the General Fund.
“I never heard of anyone being mistreated in our jail.”