IL: Union runs out of courtrooms in fight over prisons
By Ben Yount / December 13, 2012 /
By Benjamin Yount | Watchdog.org
SPRINGFIELD The states largest public employee union has run out of courtrooms to argue against Gov. Pat Quinns plan to close four state correctional facilities.
But the union, and some lawmakers, arent giving up.
Yes, it is basically a battle between the unions and the governor of a bankrupt state. Look into how Tamms has 16 full-time “food service directors” at over $70,000 per year, each, with less than three hundred inmates, who are locked down 23 hours a day. The governor selected four prisons to be shuttered, and has received nothing but backlash from the unions. Spikes in incidents between the guards and inmates, many antagonized by the COs, just to justify staffing levels. It is a mess. Meanwhile, the IDOC is lax about having bills paid for food and other necessities, creating food shortages in some facilities. And don’t even get me started on the poor quality of medical care in IDOC.