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Prison drug counselors on strike in Northern Illinois

By AP/KWMU

Sheridan, IL – Drug counselors are on strike at Illinois' only prison for drug-addicted inmates.

Over 50 counselors for the Sheridan Correctional Center went on strike Tuesday morning after unsuccessful contract discussions with the Gateway Foundation.

The counselors are seeking their first contract since joining Local 472 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees last year.

The Gateway Foundation said management employees will continue counseling programs in the prison, which is about 70 miles southwest of Chicago.

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