Illinois Department of Corrections en Population at Ill. Dept. of Corrections Reaches New High <p><em>Reporting from WBEZ's Robert Wildeboer.</em></p><p>Last week, the Illinois Department of Corrections broke a rather unenviable record. On Tuesday, the department housed 49,172 inmates. The previous record was sent in Oct. 2011 when the population hit 49,135.</p><p>The population has been steadily rising since Ill. Gov. Pat Quin suspended an early release program in the middle of a heated primary election against Dan Hynes two years ago. Quinn recently signed into law a new early release program that should help bring down the number but it hasn't yet been implemented.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:32:02 +0000 WBEZ 4865 at Population at Ill. Dept. of Corrections Reaches New High Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 <p>Good morning. Here are your headlines to start your Tuesday:</p><p><strong>Illinois prison workers union: workers subject to coordinated shakedowns</strong></p><p></p><p>A spokesman for the union representing Illinois prison workers now says staff at nearly all state facilities have been subject to coordinated shakedowns. A July 19 email obtained by the Associated Press seems to confirm those comments, saying a Department of Corrections administrator ordered wardens to at 10 prisons to conduct &#39;mass shakedowns&#39; of staff as they left work last week.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:44:29 +0000 Julie Bierach, WILL & The Associated Press 4212 at Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 31, 2012