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Illinois Prison Guards Racked Up $62 Million In Overtime In 2012

Guards at Illinois state prisons worked overtime last year to the tune of $62 million but that won’t be the case this year.

10/27/2013

Nicole Harris. (Credit: Dana Kozlov/CBS 2)

Mom Released From Prison After Appeals Court Tosses Conviction

A Chicago woman was back with her family on Monday after seven years behind bars, now that her conviction has been overturned.

02/25/2013

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6 Illinois Prisons To Set Up Temporary Housing

Security is being undermined at Illinois’ prisons because of overcrowding and the need for space, a prison watchdog group said Thursday after state officials confirmed that six medium-security prisons would be using gymnasiums to temporarily house extra inmates.

02/15/2013

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Judge Delays Quinn’s Push To Close Prisons

An Illinois judge is barring Gov. Quinn’s plan to close two prisons, at least for now, citing safety concerns.

10/11/2012

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Letter: Illinois Abandons Aug. 31 Prison Closings

Gov. Pat Quinn has officially abandoned his hope of shutting down some Illinois prison facilities by the end of the week, according to a Corrections Department letter obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

08/27/2012

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State Agrees To Halt Transfers From Prisons Set To Close

The state’s largest public employee union has won a short-term victory, with the state agreeing to temporarily stop moving inmates from prisons scheduled to close.

CBS Chicago–08/09/2012

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8 Volatile Criminals Moved As Tamms Supermax Prison Prepares To Close

Eight of the state’s more volatile criminals were moved Thursday from the Tamms Superman prison downstate.

CBS Chicago–08/03/2012