Illinois Department of Corrections

Cook County Jail

Illinois Pays More Than $60 Million In Overtime For Prisons

The Illinois Department of Corrections paid $60 million in overtime for the second year in the row.

07/15/2014

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State Prison Intake Center Is Focus Of Crowding Dispute

Inside what could be Illinois’ most important correctional facility — its main inmate intake center — hundreds of newly convicted prisoners are sleeping in a gym, a health care unit, converted common spaces and “staging areas” next to bus garages after they arrive from county jails.

12/27/2013

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‘Summit Of Hope’ Expo Aims To Help Ex-Cons Get Lives Back On Track

Hundreds of ex-offenders have been turning out in suburban Harvey on Tuesday, to attend a state resources fair designed to help them reintegrate into society.

08/06/2013

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Lawmaker Pushing For More Oversight Of Health Care For Prison Inmates

An Illinois House committee has held a hearing aimed on a proposal to providing more oversight for the private company that maintains health care in the Illinois prison system.

WBBM Newsradio–04/04/2013

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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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State Prison System Takes Another Crack At Early-Release Program

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn shut down the former program after The Associated Press reported that 1,745 inmates — some convicted of violent crimes — had been released within weeks or even days of their arrival at the penitentiary.

01/10/2013

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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

Alex Bell

Prisoner Found After Escaping From Stroger Hospital

Authorities have located and apprehended a prisoner shortly after he escaped from Stroger Hospital of Cook County Wednesday morning.

CBS Chicago–06/20/2012

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Official: Menard Prison Guards Committed $10 Million Worth Of Fraud

Guards at Menard prison downstate may have committed millions of dollars’ worth of fraud stemming from workers’ compensation payments, the state Department of Corrections has told lawmakers.

CBS Chicago–05/03/2012

Maribel Torres

Committee To Decide Where To Assign Transgender Inmate

A special committee meets Thursday to decide where to put a transgender inmate.

CBS Chicago–01/19/2012

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Medical Co-Pays More Than Double For Illinois Prison Inmates

Inmates in the Illinois Department of Corrections system are contributing more to help pay down the state’s backlog of bills.

WBBM Newsradio–01/03/2012

Ryan LeVin

Officials Want Jewelry Heir To Do Time In Illinois

Chicago area jewelry heir Ryan LeVin was sentenced to house arrest in Florida for a crash that killed two people, and now, Illinois officials want him to spend time behind bars here.

CBS Chicago–06/07/2011