Rauner Announces Layoffs at Illinois Prisons

Rauner Announces Layoffs at Illinois Prisons

Over a hundred Illinois prison nurses will be laid off in June. Governor Bruce Rauner made the announcement yesterday. The nurses are stationed at 12 different state prisons. A Department of Corrections spokeswoman says privatizing the positions will save $8 million a year. The unionized nurses will be replaced with contract workers by June 15th. A spokeswoman for the Illinois Nurses Association says the decision is troublesome because of a nationwide shortage of nurses that sometimes forces the Illinois prison nurses to work an 80 hour work week.