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State Hopes To Move More Non-Violent Offenders From Prison

State officials on Sunday announced $7 million more toward efforts to move non-violent incarcerated offenders into community-based programs.


Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Want To Know What Cook County Jail Is Like? Check Yelp

People turn to the website Yelp for reviews of restaurants, bars, hotels, and other businesses; it turns out you also can check out reviews of jails and prisons.

WBBM Newsradio–05/08/2013

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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.


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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.


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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

Illinois House Floor

Illinois House Approves Austere Spending Limits

Virtually all parts of state government would be forced to cut spending under a budget outline approved by the Illinois House.


Prison fence

State Seeks Ways To Recruit More Female Prison Guards

The Illinois Department of Corrections is looking for ways to increase the number of female prison guards.

CBS Chicago–01/30/2012

Hospital Bed

State Official: There’s Still Hope For Facilities Quinn Plans To Close

There is hope for the seven state facilities that Gov. Pat Quinn wants to close.

CBS Chicago–11/14/2011


Watchdog Group: Prison Inmates Rarely Get To Change Underwear

A prison watchdog group finds that inmate tightie-whities are not so white these days.

CBS Chicago–06/30/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Quinn Nears Decision On Death Penalty Bill

Gov. Pat Quinn is nearing a decision on the controversial bill that would abolish the death penalty in Illinois.