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October 22, 2014, 10:51 pm
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Appeals Court Rejects Quinn Attempt To Proceed With Prison Closures


An Illinois appeals court has rejected Governor Pat Quinn's effort to overturn an earlier court ruling that prevents him from proceeding with the shutdown of two Illinois prisons.

 

Quinn wanted the justices to throw out a temporary restraining order that is preventing him from moving forward with closing the Tamms supermax prison and the Dwight women's facility, along with transitional and youth centers around the state. AFSCME is trying to block the closures, saying they will increase overcrowding and add to dangers to inmates and staff. 

 

A lower court had issued a 30-day restraining order on September 4th.  The appeals court ruling means the restraining order will stay in place until early next month while talks continue.

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