A local program re-purposing broken chairs helps heal women with criminal convictions as they prepare to re-enter society.
The hit TV series “Orange Is the New Black” explores the lives of women behind bars. But even after their release, orange remains an important color to some of St. Louis' former female inmates. So do purple, green and the entire rainbow.
Gov. Pat Quinn's budget cuts that will force the closure of some prisons and other state facilities will stand.
The Illinois House didn't consider an override vote Wednesday before adjourning on the last day of veto session. A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says the speaker didn't think it was necessary action to take.
Last week, the Senate voted to reject cuts of $56 million to funds for the Tamms high-security prison and other sites.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn can't proceed with plans to close prisons - at least for now.
A state appeals court has denied his administration's request to dissolve a temporary restraining order that prevented him from closing prisons in Tamms and Dwight, three halfway houses and juvenile detention centers in Joliet and Murphysboro.
The Fifth District Appellate Court entered its order on Wednesday, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees received it on Friday.
The legal fight between Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the union that represents prisons workers continues this week.
Quinn had wanted the prisons closed by last Friday. Instead that day an arbitrator said the administration violated its contract with the prison workers' union by moving to close the facilities before they'd finished what's called "impact bargaining."
Union spokesman Anders Lindall says impact bargaining doesn't only affect employees facing layoffs.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security says it has started checking the roll of people receiving unemployment benefits for those who might be ineligible because they're in jail.
Spokesman Greg Rivara says the department found 420 people receiving benefits who were behind bars sometime during the first two weeks of the review. Now the department will check to see if they might have been only briefly locked up and were still eligible or if they really weren't available to work. Availability to work is a key part of the criteria to determine unemployment eligibility.