flickr user / Michael Coghlan "Prison Bars" (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The number of Illinois inmates released on parole has increased as lawmakers look to reduce the prison population.

But funding to help parolees stay out of trouble has dropped dramatically because of the state budget crisis.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the number of parolees has grown 14 percent in the past four years, to more than 28,000.

The newspaper reports the largest concentration of parolees is living on Chicago's west side.

Blagojevich's First Year In Prison

Mar 16, 2013
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Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich reported into a Colorado prison one year ago this month to start his 14-year sentence. He began serving out that sentence following his conviction on federal corruption charges. State legislators say they hope the governor is reflecting on his mistakes.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

An Illinois judge is citing "safety concerns" in his order keeping Governor Pat Quinn from moving forward with plans to close two Illinois prisons.

Quinn halts prison inmate transfers

Aug 9, 2012

Governor Pat Quinn's administration has agreed to stop moving inmates out of prisons Quinn plans to close for now. AFSCME -- the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees -- says the agreement is an important first step.

Tamms and Dwight prisons to close

Jun 19, 2012
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The state’s most dangerous prisoners may soon be leaving their current cellblocks. It’s part of Gov. Pat Quinn‘s plan to close certain state facilities.