CHICAGO (CBS) — The battle goes on over Gov. Quinn’s plan to close seven correctional facilities as a money saying measure

An arbitrator ruled that the state followed the rules on negotiating about the closures with the union that represents prison employees.

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Now, the state is asking a judge to clear the way for the closings while the union is asking a different judge to keep that from happening.

The union insists safety will be compromised by the closings, but the arbitrator rejected that argument.

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The dispute is likely to continue.

Even without court action, union officials say they have the right to enter into a different type of arbitration affecting public safety workers who are not allowed to strike.

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