Illinois Prisons To Restart In-Person Visits, Over A Year After COVID Stoppage

SPRINGFIELD – Within a month, Illinois prisons will be allowing in-person visitation again. It’s been over a year since the Illinois Department of Corrections stopped visitation to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Department spokesperson Lindsey Hess said plans to restart visitation have been in the works for months. IDOC has been working with the Illinois Department of […]

Agency Seeks Funding Increase For Criminal Justice Initiatives

SPRINGFIELD – A state agency related to criminal justice on Wednesday requested a funding increase to implement new policies and programs meant to improve racial equity and curb violence in Illinois, while the Illinois Department of Corrections outlined a decreased spending request. The Illinois Senate Appropriations Criminal Justice Committee heard testimony regarding budget appropriations for […]

Federal Court Denies State Motion In Transgender Prisoner Case

SPRINGFIELD — A federal district court in Southern Illinois denied a request Thursday from the Illinois Department of Corrections to dismiss a class-action lawsuit against the department for its treatment of transgender prisoners. That case, Monroe v. Jeffreys, was originally filed in 2018 as Monroe v. Rauner by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf […]

Illinois Prisons Have Tested Few Inmates For COVID-19, Researchers Say More Is Needed

CHAMPAIGN – Nearly 350 incarcerated people in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 200 staff members have also contracted the virus. At least 13 inmates have died from COVID-19. But as of June 23, IDOC had conducted only 958 COVID-19 tests on its prison population, […]

Lawsuit: Illinois Prisons Are Failing To Protect Inmates From COVID-19

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 7:54 p.m. on May 26 to include comments from the Illinois Department of Corrections.  An amended lawsuit filed against Rob Jeffreys, director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, and Gov. J.B. Pritzker last week claims that the state’s prison system has failed to protect medically vulnerable prisoners from […]

Most Illinois County Jail Facilities Lacked Isolation Cells For Disease, Documents Show

As the coronavirus outbreak hit Illinois, many county jails lacked a standard cell needed to isolate infected inmates who had a respiratory illness, according to a review by CU-CitizenAccess and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting of annual jail inspections. The inspections, conducted in 2018 and 2019 by a division of the Illinois Department of […]

‘They Should Be Letting Guys Go’: Six Illinois Prisoners Dead From COVID-19

URBANA – At least six men incarcerated in the Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet have died after contracting COVID-19. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, 123 people incarcerated at Stateville have tested positive for the virus along with 65 staff members. Other prisons across the state have also reported cases of the virus among […]

News Around Illinois – April 7, 2020

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1,006 New COVID-19 Cases, 33 New Deaths Reported In Illinois CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,006 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois on Monday, including 33 deaths. Monday’s state report did not include the death of a COVID-19 patient in Champaign County, reported Monday by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. A […]

‘A Lot Of These Older Guys Are Gonna Die’: COVID-19 Hits Illinois Prisons

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced this week that Illinois prisons would be closed to new inmates in response to growing concern about the COVID-19 pandemic spreading within Illinois’ correctional facilities. As of Sunday, at least eight incarcerated men at Stateville Correctional Center have tested positive for the virus, along with multiple staff members at the prison. […]

Illinois Prisons Ban Visits Amid Coronavirus Fears, Inmates Not Being Tested For Virus

The Illinois Department of Corrections announced Friday that visitors will be temporarily barred from the state’s correctional facilities in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Prison officials say they haven’t identified any positive cases of coronavirus among staff or incarcerated people.  IDOC Spokesperson Lindsey Hess says there are more than 50 men […]

Amid Flu Outbreak In Illinois Prison, Inmates Not Being Tested For COVID-19

Update: This story was updated at 1:35 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2020 to state that the Illinois Department of Corrections is not currently testing individuals in the prison system for COVID-19. URBANA – A group of educators who work inside Illinois’ prison system are urging Gov. J.B. Pritzker to release elderly and sick inmates from […]

News Around Illinois – March 11, 2020

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Illinois COVID-19 Cases Increase To 19 [perfectpullquote align=”left” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Click here to connect with WILL’s Coronavirus Information Center. [/perfectpullquote] CHICAGO – State officials say Illinois now has 19 confirmed cases of coronavirus. The state identified eight new cases since yesterday afternoon – including a teenager from McHenry County. Dr. Ngozi Ezike is […]