Public records show that the Illinois Department of Corrections owes nearly $82,000 in utility payments for its facility in Peoria.
The Peoria Journal Star reports that a Freedom of Information Act request uncovered documentation of the amount owed to sewer, water, gas and electricity providers for the Peoria Adult Transition Center. The 48,000-square-foot facility houses nearly 250 offenders who are reintegrating into the community.
The money owed includes nearly $21,000 to Ameren Illinoi and nearly $40,000 to Constellation Energy for electric and gas. The state owes about $7,000 to the Greater Peoria Sanitary District and nearly $14,000 to Illinois American Water.
The state will accrue penalties on overdue bills to the sanitary district and Ameren.
Sanitary District executive director Stan Browning says the water won't be turned off.