SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Legit sickness or blue flu?

Sunday, Jan 6, 2013

* 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.”


- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - wordslinger - Sunday, Jan 6, 13 @ 11:30 am:

    Hard to say. Lot of flu going around. I imagine it can spread pretty fast in a prison.

  2. - pension promise - Sunday, Jan 6, 13 @ 11:39 am:

    Heads up Gov. maybe security can’t strike but just like you they can go back on their “promise” to show up at work

  3. - Way South of 64 - Sunday, Jan 6, 13 @ 11:42 am:

    2014 can’t get here fast enough! He will go down with an even lower public opinion than Ryan or Blagojevich. The guy couldn’t run a city council.

    The flu is rampant in the south. Looks like the north has it too.

  4. - Nearly Normal - Sunday, Jan 6, 13 @ 11:55 am:

    I keep hearing about the norovirus and the flu going through whole families. So it is possible that the guards are also getting sick if they have been in contact with family members, fellow workers, and the prisoners who have been ill. This stuff can be really contagious.

  5. - Hellinois... - Sunday, Jan 6, 13 @ 12:00 pm:

    If my employer questions my use of sick time…. I must provide a Drs. slip. I wonder if these employees will be required to provide one?

  6. - wordslinger - Sunday, Jan 6, 13 @ 12:18 pm:

    –If my employer questions my use of sick time…. I must provide a Drs. slip.–

    Who goes to a doctor every time they’re sick?

  7. - Hellinois... - Sunday, Jan 6, 13 @ 1:33 pm:

    I would go if my employer question it… surely this flu did not last only one day. It appears as if this is a questionable situation.

  8. - truthteller - Sunday, Jan 6, 13 @ 3:45 pm:

    Stateville is vastly overcrowded. Flu was rampant among inmates, a number of whom were shipped to Sheridan and quarantined. The administration is taking no steps to improve the health and safety environment, and Quinn makes everybody sick.

  9. - amalia - Sunday, Jan 6, 13 @ 4:28 pm:

    lots of people I know who are seriously down with the flu.

  10. - Rusty618 - Sunday, Jan 6, 13 @ 5:01 pm:

    Just a brief picture of what an impending strike might look like…just saying.

  11. - western illinois - Sunday, Jan 6, 13 @ 6:17 pm:

    Norovirus is sometimes a one day thing- the 24 hour bug and high doses of PQ can have an effect on digestion

  12. - zatoichi - Sunday, Jan 6, 13 @ 10:02 pm:

    Flu has blown through our company and many neighbors so the DOC numbers do no seem unusual right now.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Sign of the times?
* Question of the day
* Exelon Just Received A $1.7 Billion Rate Increase Through The Market-Based Capacity Auction
* Today's number: 60
* No imminent power shut-offs
* Chamber all-in on impasse
* COGFA: State receipts down almost a billion dollars in first quarter
* Two racetracks will likely close
* "How many babies have to die?"
* Report: "A billion-dollar giveaway rife with failure"
* Frerichs warns of impasse consequences
* Quinn touring the state
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...







Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

    * iPhone 6s, Samsung Gear S2, Nexus 6P comments & more – Pocketnow Daily Recap
    * Jetpack Joyride brings you Back to the Future theme for October
    * Viber: “heart” messages, more characters, forward public chats
    * Samsung Galaxy Active Neo coming to Japan
    * Top 5 Android games of September 2015
    * Escape from the dark in Dim Light, now out on Android
    * Bounce the ball around shapes in Geometry Bounce

    * Garcia gives White Sox walk-off win vs. Tigers
    * White Sox relish in walk-off as season nears end
    * Alexei takes in possible final games with Sox
    * Montas takes hill for Sox 2015 finale
    * Garcia gives White Sox walk-off win vs. Tigers
    * Albers holds scoreless streak as free agency nears
    * Alexei takes in possible final games with Sox


    Main Menu
    Pundit rankings
    Subscriber Content
    Blagojevich Trial
    Updated Posts

    October 2015
    September 2015
    August 2015
    July 2015
    June 2015
    May 2015
    April 2015
    March 2015
    February 2015
    January 2015
    December 2014
    November 2014
    October 2014
    September 2014
    August 2014
    July 2014
    June 2014
    May 2014
    April 2014
    March 2014
    February 2014
    January 2014
    December 2013
    November 2013
    October 2013
    September 2013
    August 2013
    July 2013
    June 2013
    May 2013
    April 2013
    March 2013
    February 2013
    January 2013
    December 2012
    November 2012
    October 2012
    September 2012
    August 2012
    July 2012
    June 2012
    May 2012
    April 2012
    March 2012
    February 2012
    January 2012
    December 2011
    November 2011
    October 2011
    September 2011
    August 2011
    July 2011
    June 2011
    May 2011
    April 2011
    March 2011
    February 2011
    January 2011
    December 2010
    November 2010
    October 2010
    September 2010
    August 2010
    July 2010
    June 2010
    May 2010
    April 2010
    March 2010
    February 2010
    January 2010
    December 2009
    November 2009
    October 2009
    September 2009
    August 2009
    July 2009
    June 2009
    May 2009
    April 2009
    March 2009
    February 2009
    January 2009
    December 2008
    November 2008
    October 2008
    September 2008
    August 2008
    July 2008
    June 2008
    May 2008
    April 2008
    March 2008
    February 2008
    January 2008
    December 2007
    November 2007
    October 2007
    September 2007
    August 2007
    July 2007
    June 2007
    May 2007
    April 2007
    March 2007
    February 2007
    January 2007
    December 2006
    November 2006
    October 2006
    September 2006
    August 2006
    July 2006
    June 2006
    May 2006
    April 2006
    March 2006
    February 2006
    January 2006
    December 2005
    April 2005
    March 2005
    February 2005
    January 2005
    December 2004
    November 2004
    October 2004

    Blog*Spot Archives
    November 2005
    October 2005
    September 2005
    August 2005
    July 2005
    June 2005
    May 2005


    RSS Feed 2.0
    Comments RSS 2.0


    * Number of Chicago heroin overdoses hits 74 in 3 days
    * Car crashes into northern Illinois church, injuring 6
    * University of Illinois opens center for wounded veterans
    * Opponents upset Chief Illiniwek merchandise available online
    * Chicago man charged in 20-month-old's death acquitted
    * Health officials in Lake County encourage flu shots
    * Alleged improprieties force out 2 parole board members
    * Suburban officer accused of using excessive force sentenced
    * Illinois tax break deals yield uncertain results for state
    * Rauner: Illinois budget standoff 'could go on for a while'

    * Legal marijuana stirs hope in southern Illinois town
    * Statehouse Insider: We have a problem. Is anyone there?
    * AP Exclusive: Legal marijuana stirs hope in southern Illinois town
    * Gov. Rauner: Illinois budget standoff 'could go on for a while'
    * State revenues down by nearly $1 billion in first quarter
    * Former Gov. Quinn makes speech in Champaign, says he has no plans to run for office
    * Supporters of sexual assault, domestic violence programs warn of cuts due to budget impasse
    * University presidents urge end to Illinois budget stalemate
    * Illinois attorney general seeks details from Volkswagen
    * Home day care workers seek repayment of union dues

    * Property tax hike adds up to 'a lot of hot dogs'
    * This tech company is 'ugly and boring'—and booming
    * South Side hospital may reverse years of losses
    * Big boys to change Chicago's skyline
    * Big blunders by Rauner, Madigan leading to Springfield stalemate

    * 2 shot, including 15-year-old boy, since Friday night
    * 2 teen boys suspected in Logan Square armed robberies of cellphones
    * Flags tell winning story at Wrigley this season
    * 74 overdoses in 72 hours: Laced heroin may be to blame
    * Famous Naperville Halloween house goes dark
    * Motorist rescues 2 women being mauled by pack of dogs in Indiana
    * Man exposes himself, touches woman on Green Line platform
    * Woman charged with reckless homicide in I-294 death of off-duty officer
    * Wisconsin airman among 11 dead in Afghanistan plane crash
    * Responders lead apartment residents to safety during West Side fire

    * Legal marijuana stirs hope in southern Illinois town
    * Bernard Schoenburg: An added loss for workers at Illinois State Museum
    * Angie Muhs: Comics, the 'Power of the Press' and more
    * Bernard Schoenburg: An added loss for workers at Illinois State Museum
    * Statehouse Insider: We have a problem. Is anyone there?
    * Statehouse Insider: We have a problem. Is anyone there?
    * Jim Bordeaux-White: Help give lung cancer patients hope for a cure
    * Charles Krauthammer: Obama's Syria debacle
    * Gov. Rauner: Illinois budget standoff 'could go on for a while'
    * State revenues down by nearly $1 billion in first quarter

    * N-G Top 10: Area football (Oct. 4)
    * Sunday Conversation: Cliff Hastings
    * Saturday highlights: Rajic sets pool records
    * Illini legends, lists and lore: 1915 football season
    * UI roundup: Volleyball ousted in five sets
    * Football pick em week six – Iowa
    * Tate: Rough start, miracle finish for Illini
    * Plays of the Game - Nebraska
    * In the grand scheme of things ... Illinois should keep Cubit
    * High school football 10-02-15

    * Now it gets interesting: Cubs still alive to host WC playoff
    * Report: Des Plaines shrine rector removed from ministry for 'inappropriate relationship'
    * Sharp, Oduya come home
    * 'True fan' of 80+ years just misses Cubs' playoff season
    * South Alabama holds on to 24-18 win over Troy

    * House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
    * Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
    * The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
    * Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
    * Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
    * CBD Oil, and politics
    * Simon considering state Senate bid
    * Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
    * Shutdown? State may not notice
    * Rep. Bob Dold

    * Durbin cites health benefits in push to ra......

    * PHIL POTEMPA: A special year for fall tour......
    * Senator Kirk Statement on the Dedication o......

    * Meet Uptown's "Gangsters and Ghosts" On October 29th
    * You’re Invited – Illinois REbarcamp Powered by YPN!
    * Next 10 general admission registrants for Vertex 15 Conference get extras
    * Chicago chapter of NAREB collaborates to serve consumers
    * 6 things you need to remember about TRID before Oct. 3
    * Watch for Illinois REALTOR® story about Kinney scholarships
    * NAR honors Goodwin and four other Good Neighbor winners
    * Morning Minute: Signs show housing is shifting to a buyer’s market
    * Two Illinois REALTORS® to be honored with SRES Outstanding Service Award
    * New book offers REALTOR® safety tips for discount

      Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller