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The Illinois Department of Corrections says a major cash crunch has it struggling to keep its facilities running.

The warning came Wednesday at a Senate budget hearing. But some Democratic lawmakers say that was the first time they were hearing the situation was so dire.

On a summer day in 2016, state prison officials were on the brink of a crisis at Western Illinois Correctional Center.

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A mother is suing Illinois and Sangamon County officials for failing to prevent her daughter's suicide.

Tiffany Rusher had serious mental health problems. While an inmate at Logan Correctional Center, she tried again and again to take her own life — swallowing batteries, banging her head against a wall, and repeatedly trying to hang herself.

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The Illinois Department of Corrections' director says staff at the major women's prison needs training on how to work with female inmates.

John Baldwin responded to a federally funded study of Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln released Friday that found women there are treated more harshly than men and end up spending more time behind bars than necessary.

Most women inmates were put together at Logan in a 2013 consolidation the report found ``chaotic.'' In a statement Friday, Baldwin says poor planning by a former administration ``was a setup for failure.''