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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.

Canton feeling the pinch of Illinois' unpaid bills

Mar 2, 2016
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The City of Canton is feeling the effects of the state budget impasse. City officials say the state owes more than $600,000 in unpaid water bills at Illinois River Correctional Center.

Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) says he made an emergency call to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner over the weekend. 

Unes called the situation “unacceptable.”  Unes says the City could expect to receive an initial $100,000 this week. Discussions on future payments are ongoing.

Illinois prisons are expanding a program to feed some inmates two meals a day instead of three. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more on prisoners eating brunch.

The Illinois Department of Corrections has combined breakfast and lunch at two prisons so far. Spokesman Tom Shaer says this is not a money-saving measure, but it is easier on the staff. In a prison, mealtime means not just preparation, serving and clean-up, but also moving inmates from their housing area to the dining hall. Shaer also says inmates prefer the brunch schedule.