Arthur Bishop has been in charge of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, the agency that oversees the state’s prisons for young people. Now he’ll run the Department of Children and Family Services.
State lawmakers have approved a plan to restructure retirement benefits for state employees. Gov. Quinn says he’ll sign it. But labor groups vow to sue and the proposal sets up a fight for next year’s election.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois Wednesday. Some conservative churches are already rewriting their bylaws to guard against possible lawsuits by gay rights activists.
Illinois taxpayers sink $1.3 billion into prisons every single year, but in a interview on WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift last week, Gov. Pat Quinn said he did not have a five-year plan of any sort for the prison system.