SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)
-- The number of people locked up in Illinois prisons has hit an all-time high
while Gov. Pat Quinn battles with state employees over closing several
State records analyzed by The Associated
Press show the population hit 49,154 over the weekend. That's 19 inmates more
than the Corrections Department's previous record, set on Oct. 6, 2011.
The department did not immediately comment
The prisons were designed to hold 33,700
people. Last spring corrections officials declared a downward trend in prison
numbers and predicted an overall average for the year of less than 46,000.
Quinn wants to close five correctional
centers -- a loss of 1,700 more beds -- to save money in a budget crisis. A lawsuit
by a state employees' union has stalled that.