SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Pontiac Mayor Scott McCoy, after weeks of failed efforts, has finally gotten to talk to Gov. Pat Quinn about the need to keep open the Pontiac Correctional Center, which former Gov. Rod Blagojevich slated for closure.

McCoy said he talked with Quinn briefly Monday after they and other government officials concluded a meeting about a proposed high-speed rail corridor connecting Chicago and St. Louis.

McCoy said Quinn didn’t say one way or the other what was going to happen with the prison, but he did say the mayor would be hearing from him soon.

Then Gov. Rod Blagojevich planned to close Pontiac prison last December and move its inmates to a largely unused prison in Thomson. An injunction has kept the prison open.

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