prisons http://northernpublicradio.org en Union to Continue Fight Against Prison Closures http://northernpublicradio.org/post/union-continue-fight-against-prison-closures <p>AFSCME says it will continue its legal battle to keep several Illinois prisons open. This comes after the Illinois Supreme Court sided with Governor Pat Quinn's effort to close what he says are under-used, expensive facilities. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:33:32 +0000 WNIJ 22659 at http://northernpublicradio.org Union to Continue Fight Against Prison Closures Reporters Tour Illinois Prison http://northernpublicradio.org/post/reporters-tour-illinois-prison <p><span id="lw_1354528487_0"><span id="yui_3_7_2_11_1354528516984_394">A two-hour tour of the Vienna Correctional Center&nbsp; offered journalists a glimpse at the minimum security facility.</span></span> Governor Pat Quinn in August argued state prisons were off limits to the news media because of a security risk. But in October he abandoned that effort. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:23:10 +0000 WNIJ 22169 at http://northernpublicradio.org Reporters Tour Illinois Prison Veto Session Resumes This Week http://northernpublicradio.org/post/veto-session-resumes-week <p id="yui_3_7_2_11_1354528516984_457">State legislators will return to Springfield Tuesday for their second - and final -&nbsp; week of veto session.&nbsp; G<span id="yui_3_7_2_11_1354528516984_455">overnor Pat Quinn only used his veto powers to reject or change ten pieces of legislation. The veto session's ostensibly a time for legislators to decide if they agree with the governor, or want to override him.&nbsp; There'll be some of that. </span> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:04:35 +0000 WNIJ 22168 at http://northernpublicradio.org Veto Session Resumes This Week