SPRINGFIELD-The Illinois General Assembly has passed a budget that includes funding for Dwight Correctional Center.
Governor Quinn wanted to close the prison to save money.
The facility is one of Dwight's top employers and closing it would be a major blow to its economy.
Tonight the mayor of Dwight and prison employees are breathing sighs of relief.
Dwight mayor Bill Wilkey said, "It's a very happy day. As far as the first three hurdles we had to go across and now he's the last one."
Prison Employee Shane Long said, "Makes us feel good. The morale is still high. We're keeping on, keeping on. We've said from day one the prison was open and it's going to stay open."
Dwight isn't out of the woods yet. The budget now has to be signed by the governor.