Quinn grapples with prison cuts amid budget mess

From The Carmi Times

“Close some prisons. Release low-risk inmates and hire more parole officers. Send imprisoned illegal immigrants to their home countries. Save hundreds of millions of dollars…Gov. Pat Quinn won’t publicly tip his hand”

Read the full article here:

http://www.carmitimes.com/news/x772312446/Quinn-grapples-with-prison-cuts-amid-budget-mess

Governor, AFSCME Meeting

The State Journal-Register reported that Governor Quinn and Council 31 executive director Henry Bayer met for 90 minutes on Monday Aug. 17th. The article said that the meeting was “to discuss possible contract concessions”, but then quotes the governors office as saying the meeting was “conductive” and was about “ways the union can help the state save money”. The article did not quote  the governors office as saying they were looking for any contract concessions. Whether they are or not can’t be substantiated from the article.

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I Swear It Wasn’t Me In The Gatehouse!

Some Interesting OT Facts

The link alluded to in the previous post (see below) had some interesting facts so here is an abridged version.

“…The reason so many guards were able to more than double their salaries was mandatory overtime, which has been imposed by prison administrators because of understaffing.

Guards at prisons in Dwight, Stateville and Lincoln are working double shifts to fill positions left vacant because of staff reductions imposed under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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IDOC set to reach $67 million in overtime for fiscal year

The Illinois Policy Institute had a short article dated Aug 4th. This time I am not providing a link to the story. It provides a link to another article which names two Dwight CC officers. So to maintain their privacy I am copying the entire article here without the links.

8/4/2009

by Jarad Perry

How would you like to make $100,000 a year?  Sounds great, right? Well, that is exactly what 40 Illinois Department of Correction prison guards made last year.

To put that into perspective, the current Director of the DOC makes $130,000 a year. Read more of this >>

At least 26 states spend less on prisons

From stateline.org

A $1 billion cost-cutting plan announced last week by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) will translate into layoffs for more than a thousand state prison workers.”

http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=418338

Plan says IDOC could hire and save money.

The Southern is reporting that there is a bipartisan plan that could save hundreds of  C/O’s jobs.

“The Bost-Phelps plan indicates between 700 and 1,200 could be added to the IDOC workforce and the state would still save money compared to what it currently being used in overtime to cover extra shifts.”

Read more here:  http://www.southernillinoisan.com/articles/2009/08/10/breaking_news/doc4a80873c5fd97253300562.txt

The C.O. Song

For some reason, the person who made this won’t let others put it on their web sites. Clicking on the player will take you to the YouTube channel where you can watch it.

From the author:   Prison humor – This is only an attempt at humor. No inmates were harmed in the making of this video, nor does it advocate any excessive use of force. If you don’t find it funny don’t watch it. Simple enough? Prison is one place you have to have a sense of humor to survive! Just ask any CO. Stay Safe!”

Here’s the link

I’ve decided to add the link from the previous post (below) to a post of its own for those that don’t want to go hunting for it.

http://www.auditor.illinois.gov/Audit-Reports/Compliance-Agency-List/Corrections/FY08-Corrections-Dept-Fin-Comp-Full.pdf

Audit finds nearly $50 million paid in overtime in ’08

I think I may have posted these links already on the Facebook group, but I’m not sure. In any case, here they are for everyone.

Actually, the title is a little misleading. The first article says that the cost of overtime in 2006 “came to about $23.7 million. By 2008, those costs increased to $84.6 million”.  The article in the second link claims that “nearly $50 million” was paid in overtime in 2008. I thought that maybe the discrepancy was that the second article mistook the increase of the cost as the total cost, but the increase from 2006 to 2008 is $60.9 million. Am I missing something?

At the bottom of the second article is a link to the full audit report.

http://www.pjstar.com/news/x1900609417/Overtime-jumped-at-Department-of-Corrections-from-2006-2008

http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/article_c5023d64-845f-11de-82d0-001cc4c002e0.html