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Illinois Prison Guards Seeing Lots Of Overtime

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Do you get overtime pay at your job? The Associated Press says overtime pay jumped 34 percent last year for corrections officers in Illinois’ prisons.

The spike corresponded with Gov. Pat Quinn’s closing of prisons like the Dwight prison to save money. But state officials argue the costs were increased when a union sued to stop the closings and the transfer of some guards got delayed.

An AP analysis of state records shows that employees were paid $62 million in overtime in the year that ended June 30.

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