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Illinois Department Of Corrections

Official defends parole system following Harvey hostage incident

Official defends parole system following Harvey hostage incident

HARVEY | An Illinois Department of Corrections official defended the parole system Friday after questions arose surrounding two men charged in this week's Harvey hostage standoff that left two police officers with gunshot wounds.

August 22, 2014 1:49 pm Related

Prison officials ID one of the Harvey hostage-takers

SPRINGFIELD | State prison officials have confirmed the identity of one of the men involved in the 20 hour hostage standoff in a Chicago suburb that ended Wednesday morning.

August 21, 2014 9:30 pm

Overtime costs in Illinois prisons again top $60 million

SPRINGFIELD | Just months after state prison officials predicted skyrocketing overtime costs would be dropping, new figures show taxpayers were again billed more than $60 million for overtime in the most recent fiscal year.

July 15, 2014 7:30 pm

'Summit of Hope' offers parolees a chance at new start

SOUTH HOLLAND | Kenneth Morgan hopes to start a business fixing and selling cars, but he wasn't quite sure where to begin and knew it wouldn't be simple, as an ex-offender and parolee.

June 05, 2014 11:03 am

Illinois prison system paying out millions in overtime

SPRINGFIELD | The cost of paying overtime to employees in Illinois' prison system topped $60 million last year, more money than it takes to run many of the state's agencies.

May 28, 2014 12:00 am

Quinn's prison chief endorsed by Senate panel

SPRINGFIELD | Over the objections of Republican lawmakers, Gov. Pat Quinn's pick to run the state's massive prison system won an early endorsement from a Senate panel Monday.

March 18, 2014 12:00 am

GOP hopefuls: Prisons crowded, but fixes elusive

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | The four Republican candidates for governor are in agreement when it comes to Illinois prisons: There are too many inmates, not enough cells and quick action is needed to address what they say is a public safety threat.

February 22, 2014 12:00 am

Fewer meals for Ill. inmates costlier than thought

SPRINGFIELD | Feeding prisoners two daily meals instead of three seems like it should save money, but substituting breakfast and lunch for "brunch" at Illinois' two dozen state prisons could cost several million dollars.

October 26, 2013 12:00 am

Illinois prison officials want more money

SPRINGFIELD | State prison officials are predicting more problems at the embattled Illinois Department of Corrections if lawmakers don’t give them more money to operate in coming weeks.

April 24, 2013 8:00 pm

Another suspicious inmate death at Menard prison

SPRINGFIELD | Another inmate death is under investigation at the Menard Correctional Center.

March 27, 2013 7:30 pm

First inmates freed in revamped early release program

SPRINGFIELD | A 34-year-old southern Illinois man last week became the first Illinois prison inmate sent home on parole under a revamped early release program.

March 27, 2013 1:15 pm

Early prisoner release program still on hold

SPRINGFIELD | More than six months have passed since Gov. Pat Quinn approved legislation designed to ease overcrowding within the state’s bursting-at-the-seams prison system.

December 31, 2012 12:00 am

Illinois judge bars Quinn from closing prisons

SPRINGFIELD | Prison closures planned by Gov. Pat Quinn could "make the prisons that remain more dangerous," a southern Illinois judge declared Tuesday in prohibiting shutdowns until the administration answers state workers' concerns.

September 04, 2012 9:49 pm

Some Tamms prisoners could be shipped out of state

SPRINGFIELD | Some of Illinois’ most notorious criminals could be shipped to other states as part of Gov. Pat Quinn’s push to close prisons in Tamms and Dwight.

July 22, 2012 12:00 am

Company seeking bids on former Dixmoor transitional housing center

The former site of a state adult transitional housing center in Dixmoor is heading to auction.

April 20, 2012 9:30 pm

Brunch is served: Inmates going to two-meal deal on weekends, holidays

SPRINGFIELD |The weekend dining schedule is about to change for thousands of Illinois prison inmates.

April 20, 2012 6:00 pm

Report cites need for more female prison guards in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD | Against the backdrop of a rise in inmate grievances at the state's lone maximum-security prison for women, Illinois officials say they are investigating ways to boost the number of female prison guards.

January 28, 2012 10:00 pm

Paperwork mistake at Stateville nearly derails holiday meal

SPRINGFIELD | A paperwork glitch almost made the holidays a little bleaker for inmates and employees at one Illinois prison.

November 19, 2011 6:00 pm
Eric Caine

Eric Caine

Eric Caine, who has for years claimed he was tortured by Chicago police into confessing to a double murder, has been ordered released from prison.

March 16, 2011 7:08 pm

Quinn ousts parole board member

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn has removed a member of the state's parole review board who has been unable to work for more than a year because of illness.

November 16, 2010 12:00 am
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