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Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - August 31, 2012

Arbitrator: Quinn, Prisons Violated Union Contract

By Brian Mackey, with additional reporting from The Associated Press

Two major Illinois prisons and other facilities will stay open for at least another month after an arbitrator ruled Gov. Pat Quinn's administration violated workers' rights in rushing to close them.Arbitrator Steven Bierig concluded Friday that the state departments of Corrections and Juvenile Justice did not properly negotiate with workers over the impact of closing the supermax Tamms prison, the Dwight women's lockup and several juvenile facilities.

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