Illinois prison workers paid more than $60 million in overtime

CARBONDALE - Illinois has paid out more than $60 million in overtime to state prison workers for the second year in a row, with some prison workers' salaries topping $200,000.

A Vandalia Correctional Center shift supervisor, earning nearly $96,000 a year, made an additional $107,000 in overtime last year.  

According to Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer, the prison system has made progress in cutting overtime costs.  Shaer says that between the past two fiscal years, nearly 178,000 fewer overtime hours were worked.  However, that only saved the department $2 million.

Shaer also says the factors that limited the extent of savings included a court ruling to pay wage and overtime rate increases that were suspended by the administration due to a lack of funds.

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