State News
5:00 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Jessie Jackson Jr., wife sentenced to jail

Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior and his wife are both headed to prison for stealing $750,000 in campaign cash. As IPR’s Alex Keefe reports, they were sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge in Washington DC: 

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State News
10:41 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

240 computers missing from state prison systems

Illinois' auditor has found that the state's prison systems have lost 240 computers. Auditor General Bill Holland's report shows the Department of Corrections is missing 156 computers and the Department of Juvenile Justice can't locate 84 others. 

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5:10 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Central figure in Blago investigation sentenced to jail

A central figure in the Blagojevich investigation was sentenced Wednesday to 27 months in federal prison. IPR’s Robert Wildeboer reports:

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6:45 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

ACLU joins state prison lawsuit

A lawsuit over health care in prisons in Illinois is getting a boost from the American Civil Liberties Union.  IPR’s Robert Wildeboer reports.

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4:22 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

State frees 120 inmates on early release

The Illinois Department of Corrections has freed 120 inmates as part of a new early-release program. But the director of the department says letting more inmates out is not the answer to overcrowding in prisons. 

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State News
4:59 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Concerns for Menard Correctional Center

An Illinois prison watchdog group says conditions are tense at Menard Correctional Center, in southern Illinois. Wednesday a man was charged with murdering his cell-mate last month. IPR's Brian Mackey has more.

That was the third inmate murder at Menard this year.The prison has more than 3,600 men well over the capacity for which it was designed. And it's a rough crowd, with more than half the inmates in for murder.John Maki, director of the prison-monitoring John Howard Association, says that combination is at the heart of Menard's long list of problems.

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