Illinois Department of Corrections en What Lawmakers Know And Don't Know About Illinois Prisons <p>75 % of Illinois lawmakers surveyed by Chicago Public Radio say they have never stepped foot in a maximum security prison cell block. And 40 percent of those legislators have never toured or visited a prison even once.</p><p>Yet they’re the ones signing the checks for the $1.3&nbsp; billion dollar per year agency.</p><p>Ninety-five of the 118 House members responded to the <a href="">survey.</a></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 19245 at What Lawmakers Know And Don't Know About Illinois Prisons Quinn Backs Corrections Director <p></p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn is supporting his prisons director after a Republican challenger called for the director to be fired. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;Sen. Kirk Dillard is a GOP candidate for governor. He said Wednesday that Democrat Quinn should fire S.A. ``Tony'' Godinez&nbsp; for hiring a man with arrests and apparent one-time gang ties. &nbsp;</p><p>Dillard says it's ``outrageous'' that ex-gang members are ``running the prisons.'' &nbsp;<br />Xadrian McCraven&nbsp; was an $111,000-a-year senior policy adviser to the Department of Corrections' parole chief before he was fired Friday. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:56:57 +0000 Associated Press 16551 at Quinn Backs Corrections Director State Prison Locked Down Because of Illness <p>The state's Department of Corrections has locked down the Big Muddy River Correctional Center in Ina after dozens of inmates started to show flu-like symptoms. &nbsp;</p><p>The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that the department says the Level 1 lockdown means that no visitors are allowed at the facility and no inmates will be transferred. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:54:20 +0000 Associated Press 14335 at State Prison Locked Down Because of Illness State Failed To Keep Tabs On Decatur Murder Suspect <p>Lawmakers say an early prison release law doesn&#39;t need changing despite a mistake in which a parolee now charged with murder was not properly monitored.<br />&nbsp;<br />Joshua A. Jones was set free in May five months early. He was charged with a Decatur murder three months later.<br />Documents and Associated Press interviews show Jones was supposed to be electronically monitored but was not. State prison officials say an employee<br />faces discipline.<br /> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 23:07:20 +0000 Associated Press 10151 at State Failed To Keep Tabs On Decatur Murder Suspect Health Law Could Reduce Incarceration Rates <p>Tuesday marks the launch of state health insurance exchanges, a major part of the Affordable Care Act. Among the many changes likely after the new health coverage takes effect: Fewer people behind bars.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:58:31 +0000 Sean Powers 10017 at Health Law Could Reduce Incarceration Rates Corrections Worker Headed To Prison For Stealing From Memorial Fund <p>A former Illinois Department of Corrections accounting employee will serve 21 months in federal prison after admitting to embezzling more than $50,000 from a fund meant to benefit prison workers killed in the line of duty. &nbsp;<br />U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough sentenced 47-year-old Mary Ann Bohlen on Monday. &nbsp;<br />Myerscough also ordered the Edinburg resident to pay nearly $24,000 to the Illinois Correctional Employees Memorial Association and $27,000 to the state corrections agency. &nbsp; Mon, 30 Sep 2013 22:25:22 +0000 Sean Crawford 9978 at