Some local law enforcement agencies hold non-citizen prisoners on behalf of federal immigration officials. That gives immigration officials time to decide if the prisoner should be transferred to a detention facility and possibly deported. The agreement is designed to help crack down on hardened criminals, but there are concerns that it may go too far.
A federal appeals court in Chicago has refused a request by imprisoned former Ill. Gov. George Ryan that all the court's judges rehear his appeal seeking an earlier release from prison.
On Monday, the Illinois Supreme Court will enter orders to allow cameras in both the first judicial circuit in the southern part of the state and the 18th circuit, which is outside of Chicago.
On Thursday night, the Champaign County Board approved a consultant to study whether the county may need additional jail space. The Berkley, California-based Institute for Law and Public Policy Planning was chosen on a 15-to 12 party-line vote, with Democrats prevailing.
The search for more victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy has led to authorities solving an unrelated cold case linked to central Illinois.
Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford says a report calling the state prison population the highest ever should be enough to end a call for closing two of them.
The FBI and SIUC Police are investigating after a threat was received through the mail around midnight on Tuesday evening.
The number of people locked up in Illinois prisons has hit an all-time high while Gov. Pat Quinn battles with state employees over closing several correctional facilities.
An Illinois state appeals court has turned back Gov. Pat Quinn's bid to throw out a temporary restraining order that bars him from closing two state prisons and various other corrections sites.
Nineteen arrests were made arrested Thursday in Champaign-Urbana and nearby, in a county-wide sweep targeting people with outstanding warrants.