* 3:09 pm - According to two sources, Illinois State Police officers are questioning guards at the Tamms “super max” prison today. The police officers are reportedly asking about leaked documents.
As you already know, the Department of Corrections and the governor have been upset that guards are apparently dishing internal DoC documents to the media.
I’ve asked the ISP and the governor’s office for a statement. I’ll let you know what they have to say. This is from AFSCME’s Anders Lindall…
“We’re very disturbed that Governor Quinn would use State Police resources to prevent rank-and-file employees from exercising their legal rights and stifle criticism of his dangerous rush to close state prisons. It fits a pattern of other recent attempts to frighten whistleblowers and intimidate journalists as well.
“Unlike Pat Quinn, we believe citizens should know what their government is doing behind the prison walls. He should renounce these heavy-handed tactics and put a stop to them at once.”
* 4:06 pm - I asked the governor’s press secretary if the governor or anyone in his office requested that the State Police investigate document leaks at Tamms. Here’s her response via text…
No- but if someone breaks the law it will be investigated. The Department of Corrections must enforce the law. Rules and regulations that are part of the law are in place to ensure the safety of guards, inmates and the public.