Illinois Department of Corrections en Illinois prisoner deaths <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Between 80 and a hundred people die each year inside Illinois prisons. Information has been sought about those deaths, but the Department of Corrections under Governor Pat Quinn is taking a “trust us, nothing to see here” attitude.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:55:24 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 26071 at Illinois prisoner deaths Prison parolees attend state sponsored job fair <p>In Illinois, twenty-five-thousand men and women are released from state prisons each year. Ideally, that means twenty-five-thousand people entering the job market. Illinois already has higher-than-average unemployment, and a criminal record can make it even harder to find work. That's why the Illinois Department of Corrections is trying to lend a hand to ex-offenders through a series of specialized events. Illinois Public Radio's Hannah Meisel attended one Tuesday in Springfield.</p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Volunteers shepherd 300 ex-offenders around to dozens of booths at a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, all of which are here to help them get to their ultimate goal: employment.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This event is known as the "Summit of Hope," one of eight such events around the state planned for this year.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:45:51 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24683 at Prison parolees attend state sponsored job fair Jury selection begins in third murder trial of Nicholas Sheley <div>Under heavy security in Rock Island, jury selection began this week for the third murder trial of Nicholas Sheley. The 34-year-old from Sterling is currently serving two life sentences for murder. And he's now standing trial on charges that six years ago, he killed four people in Whiteside County.</div><div> Tue, 13 May 2014 11:23:40 +0000 Michelle O'Neill 23217 at Jury selection begins in third murder trial of Nicholas Sheley Summit of Hope event in Peoria <div>About 800 people on parole and probation were invited to get help from the state Department of Corrections on re-entering society. The state DOC held one of its Summit of Hope events in Peoria Tuesday. The event lets those with convictions find ways to pursue higher education, get a job and become involved in community groups.</div><div> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:01:18 +0000 Alex Rusciano & Tanya Koonce 14505 at Summit of Hope event in Peoria Some Illinois prisoners in for trivial crimes <p></p><div>The agency that runs Illinois prisons has more inmates than it has room for….</div><div>Fifty thousand in a system built for 33-thousand. So now the agency— the Illinois Department of Corrections--says it will house more inmates in prison gymnasiums. &nbsp;Many of the people crowding into the facilities... they’re not all the hardened criminals you see on T.V. As Robert Wildeboer reports, a large number of inmates are there on rather trivial charges.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 04:17:14 +0000 Tanya Koonce 2999 at