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Fulton County Board Chairman Patrick O'Brian said the Illinois Department of Corrections is sending back five local correctional officers who volunteered to help out at a COVID-19 stricken prison without the testing or paid quarantine that was reportedly promised them.

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By Saturday, officials expect 500 hospital beds to be in place at a converted McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago to deal with the overflow of COVID-19 patients.

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When Ralph Gray transferred from one prison in Illinois to another, he didn’t know the move would mean sacrificing access to an education.

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Access to education can change a lot for prisoners — the majority of which eventually return to the communities they came from.

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The Illinois Department of Corrections has revised its publication review policy to include a centralized appeal process for incarcerated people who feel they’ve been unfairly denied access to certain reading materials.

An Illinois Department of Corrections parole officer from Knox County was charged with official and sexual misconduct.

The Illinois State Police said Garrick Randolph, 52, faces two counts on each charge. On August 12, a female parolee reported Randolph sexually assaulted her in her Galesburg home. A second parolee interviewed by officers also said Randolph sexually assaulted her. 

Randolph was arrested on Oct. 23. He posted bond the same day. Each warrant was for $75,000 bond. 


A package of bills signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker is aimed at helping newly-released Illinois prisoners find their way back into the democratic process.

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CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has issued an executive order creating a new office that will address what he says is a broken justice system.


CHICAGO - A transgender woman serving a 10-year sentence for burglary has been moved to a women's prison in what could be a first for Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois prison chaplain has filed a federal lawsuit alleging sexual discrimination and retaliation for complaining about it.

In 2016, the Illinois Department of Corrections reached a settlement agreeing to properly care for the needs of mentally ill inmates. The lawsuit was filed a decade ago on behalf of inmates claiming the lack of care in prisons qualified as cruel and unusual punishment.

But yesterday, a federal judge found the corrections department is still failing to meet those needs.

A federal judge has ordered the Illinois Department of Corrections to provide mental health to inmates on "crisis watches" in segregated cells.

A federal judge has rejected the Illinois Department of Corrections' plan to address flaws in mental health care for 12,000 inmates. 

Kewanee Prison Tests New Program to Lower Recidivism Rates

May 14, 2018

Since opening last year, the Kewanee Life Skills Re-entry Center in western Illinois has taken a different approach to prison. Inmates participate in classes and activities designed to help them succeed after they’re released.

Speaking on the talk show “The 21st,” Illinois Department of Corrections director John Baldwin says it’s clear that investing in these programs leads to better outcomes.

Illinois prisons officials have told state lawmakers that they need an extra $420 million to get through the rest of the budget year.

IDOC Funding Shortage Reaches Critical Level

Apr 12, 2018
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The Illinois Department of Corrections says a major cash crunch has it struggling to keep its facilities running. The warning came Wednesday at a Senate budget hearing. But some Democratic lawmakers say that was the first time they were hearing the situation was so dire. Illinois Public Radio's Mary Hansen explains.

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Six transgender inmates are suing the Illinois Department of Corrections in federal court, alleging inadequate medical care at state facilities.

A 2020 jury trial date has been set for a transgender inmate suing Illinois Department of Corrections officials for alleged abuses.


A controversial holding cell at an Illinois women’s prison is still being used, over one year after the head of corrections vowed to take it down. 

Guards and inmates at Logan Correctional Center in central Illinois call it the “crisis cage.”

The Illinois Department of Corrections says it’s 8 feet tall and 7 and a half feet wide.

It’s used when guards believe a woman is at risk of harming herself or others.

Former prisoners say it’s barbaric and inhumane. Even the head of the Illinois Department of Corrections says it’s a problem.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to change the climate for women in Illinois prisons.

The union representing corrections officers says inmate attacks on state employees have increased 51% since 2015.

Advocates for imprisoned women are thanking Gov. Bruce Rauner for signing a law requiring gender-appropriate and informed practices in the Illinois women's prison and parole systems. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation prohibiting the Illinois Department of Corrections from hiring private healthcare workers. Rauner vetoed the measure Friday. He says it's unnecessary because his administration signed an agreement May 22 with the Illinois Nurses Association about subcontracting for nurses.

Illinois Senate Democrats say Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration inappropriately spent money to move records from a closed prison to new warehouse space.
Sen. Andy Manar is a Bunker Hill Democrat. He questioned Corrections Department Director John Baldwin during an appropriations committee hearing Wednesday.

  CHICAGO - A federal judge has ruled a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections alleging inadequate health care in prisons may cover all inmates with serious medical needs in every state facility.

     The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso means thousands of inmates could be affected by the class-action lawsuit.

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State officials say a maximum security prison in southern Illinois remains on lockdown after a weekend assault that left staffers and inmates injured.  The staff assault happened Sunday at Menard Correctional Center. 

State legislators in Springfield are moving to address gun violence in Chicago.  The Illinois Senate today passed stricter gun laws long sought by the Chicago Police.  The legislation is meant to get judges to impose longer sentences on repeat gun offenders.

A central Illinois center for addiction treatment will stay open for now, despite payment delays during the state’s ongoing budget crisis. After two years without a permanent budget, the state is facing a backlog of $12.6 billion in unpaid bills to state employees, contractors and agencies.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to replace guards in prison watchtowers with security cameras. It's an effort to cut down on overtime costs for the cash-strapped state.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Nicole Wilson says officials expect to save $4 million annually. She says no security officers will be laid off.

Rauner spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis says savings will come from reduced overtime and "more efficient management."

The Illinois Department of Corrections says a man accused in a 2012 Chicago expressway killing was released on parole in an unrelated case because the department wasn't informed he should be held.  The Department of Corrections released Garrett Glover on Friday after he was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison for an attempted armed robbery in 2014. Glover had been in custody since 2014.