SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Although the mayor of Pontiac didn’t get the meeting with Gov. Pat Quinn he was seeking, he learned a decision will be made soon on the future of Pontiac Correctional Center.

Mayor Scott McCoy was in Springfield on Wednesday seeking a meeting with Quinn in order to tell him Pontiac is being devastated by the threat of losing the prison and its 500-plus jobs.

With Quinn busy in other meetings, however, he didn’t meet McCoy.

Quinn’s chief of staff, Jerry Stermer, listened to McCoy’s pleas. According to McCoy, Stermer said a decision on the prison could come within the next month.

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

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