Illinois Prisons to Do Brunch, Not Lunch


No word on if ice cream sandwiches are still on the menu.
  • No word on if ice cream sandwiches are still on the menu.
Illinois Department of Corrections Chief Tony Godinez presented a plan to the Illinois House of Representatives yesterday that would save the state an estimated $2.5 million a year, according to the Bloomington Pantagraph. Just like your mom and your girlfriend, he's suggesting that the prisoners do brunch on Sunday. 
The plan calls for the elimination of breakfast on weekends and holidays in favor of brunch because "Nobody wants to get up at 5 a.m. to eat," according to Godinez. (I don't know about that, Tony; I can always make time for pancakes.)

Illinois needs to cut 9 percent of its prison spending under the new budget, and eliminating breakfast -- a meal many prisoners apparently skip for reasons that escape me -- will go quite a ways toward also eliminating spending on wasted food. 


Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.