Illinois prisons http://northernpublicradio.org en The State of State Prisons http://northernpublicradio.org/post/state-state-prisons <p>A couple weeks ago reporters got a look at conditions inside <span id="yui_3_7_2_1_1355738169067_5131">the Vienna state prison in Southern Illinois.</span> <span id="yui_3_7_2_1_1355738169067_4102">In preparation for the scrutiny, prison administrators had been busy fixing the place up-- cleaning, painting, and repairing windows.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:56:28 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 22829 at http://northernpublicradio.org The State of State Prisons Arbitrator Postpones Illinois Prison Closures http://northernpublicradio.org/post/arbitrator-postpones-illinois-prison-closures <p></p><p>Two Illinois prisons targeted for closure will stay open for at least another month. An arbitrator ruled today that Governor Pat Quinn and his administration violated the rights of union workers by rushing the process.</p><p> Sat, 01 Sep 2012 00:11:02 +0000 Susan Stephens & Brian Mackey 17712 at http://northernpublicradio.org Arbitrator Postpones Illinois Prison Closures Illinois prison workers concerned about safety http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-prison-workers-concerned-about-safety <p>The workers say they&#39;re worried about a recent spike in violent incidents at state penitentiaries. State officials downplay any possible link between the spike and the governor&#39;s plan to close prisons. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 11:34:54 +0000 Mike Moen 14623 at http://northernpublicradio.org