SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A 140-year-old Illinois prison housing the state's toughest criminals could one day be home to a modern and ecologically friendly power-generator.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers in Illinois reported Friday that Department of Corrections officials are studying whether Menard Correctional Center in southwestern Illinois could be run by waste products from other prisons.
Officials say wood, paper and food waste could be burned to generate about 10 percent of the power used at Menard, a 3,600-inmate prison built in the 1870s that's located about 60 miles southeast of St. Louis.
Jen Aholt is the CEO of Illinois Correctional Industries. She says the industries division could turn the refuse into dried, burnable pellets and transport them to Menard.
A repeat-offender is headed back to prison after he was convicted of robbing an Imo's delivery man.
Travis Moorehead will spend 20 years behind bars for the crime in early 2011. Moorehead approached the drive in Dutchtown, showed a gun, and took $30. Police caught his while he was running away. Police say the weapon he used in the recent crime was a replica BB gun.
In 2004 Moorehead was convicted for committing a separate burglary.
Flooding is forcing the Illinois Department of Transportation to postpone planned work on the McKinley Bridge.
The original closure was scheduled to start tonight and run through the weekend, but the water is to high to complete the work safely. IDOT says the new start date is June 28, weather permitting.