Chicago suburb rejects immigrant detention center

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 (06-12) 13:50 PDT Crete, Ill. (AP)

A Chicago suburb has rejected a plan to build to build a federal immigrant detention center in the community, putting a stop to a project that generated months of protests by residents and immigrant rights activists.

Village trustees in Crete, 35 miles south of Chicago, voted unanimously Monday night to block the project, said Crete President Michael Einhorn, who had hoped the center would bring hundreds of jobs to the community of about 8,000 people.

The move followed a failed attempt last month by Illinois lawmakers to block the detention center.