Quinn attempt to close 2 state prisons overturned by appeals court

September 17, 2012 1:09:38 PM PDT
An Illinois appeals court has overturned Governor Pat Quinn's attempt to toss out a restraining order that bars him from closing two state prisons and various other corrections sites in Illinois.

The ruling by the three-judge panel lets an earlier order stand. That order kept the state from shutting down the Dwight and Tamms prisons.

The order came at the request of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

An arbitrator had ruled in the union's favor and ordered the state and AFSCME to continue bargaining for 30 days before closures could begin.


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