The Chicago Tribune has put a story about those seeking to cancel McHenry County’s ICE illegal alien housing contract on its front page.
McHenry County Board Chairman Mike Buehler said the cancellation campaign is being conducted by a small, but vocal minority.
Additionally, he is quoted as saying,
“If the contract was canceled, we may cede control to facilities that may not be as well-equipped to provide the level of care we provide.
“The contract also helps keep our taxes as low as possible.
“I’ve yet to hear a proposal for how those shortfalls would be replaced.”
The story also touches base with Sheriff Bill Prim:
Sheriff Bill Prim said his facility is accredited and inspected by federal officials, and provides humane treatment to both local inmates and federal detainees…
The jail previously was expanded with the help of federal funding for housing federal detainees. Since 2003, Prim said, the ICE contract has generated $117 million for the county.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the jail often held around 280 to 300 federal detainees a day, Prim said. Since then, with efforts to reduce the number of people incarcerated, the number of federal detainees had dropped to 78 as of Tuesday, compared with about 200 county inmates.
ICE pays the county $95 per day per inmate, compared with county cost estimates of $25 to $40 per day. The contract generated revenue of more than $10 million in fiscal year 2019, and $7 million in fiscal year 2020, Prim said. But now revenue has fallen to less than $1 million for the first quarter of this fiscal year.