* Were these legitimate illnesses or a wildcat “sickout”? Nobody really knows at the moment…
Officials locked down one of the state’s maximum-security prisons Friday morning, but not because of an outbreak of violence.
Rather, the movement of prisoners at the Stateville Correctional Center was limited from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. because a significant number of prison guards called in sick.
It was not clear Friday why there were so many absences, but Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano said it was “unusual” that 58 workers were unable to report for their shift. […]
The incident came a week after more than 100 Stateville prisoners were reportedly bed-ridden by norovirus, a highly contagious flu that apparently spread through the Crest Hill facility.
It also came a day after hundreds of correctional officers and state retirees had rallied in the Capitol against possible cuts to their pensions.
Practically everybody I know has been sick lately. Then again, practically every AFSCME member I know is supremely upset at the governor right now.
* The absences also came a day after this bill passed, but was held up by a parliamentary procedure…
A bill restricting the number of state employees who can join unions isn’t going to Gov. Pat Quinn right away.
Shortly after the Senate gave final approval to the bill Thursday night, Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, filed a motion to reconsider the vote, a technical step that keeps the bill from being sent to Quinn.
Quinn has said he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.
“I still believe negotiating a fair compromise with all the stakeholders is preferable to forcing a legislative solution,” Harmon said. “I’m hoping the Senate action will reinvigorate the negotiations.”