SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - An e-mail from an Illinois Department of Corrections administrator ordered wardens at 10 prisons to conduct "mass shakedowns" of staff as they left work last week.<br />
The July 19 memo obtained by The Associated Press is from Ty Bates - Corrections' southern region deputy director. It was sent at the same time a dozen workers testified in a Springfield hearing on prison overcrowding and understaffing.<br />
The department had previously denied any retaliation for workers speaking out but didn't comment on whether the searches were a coordinated effort. The department had no immediate comment on the newly obtained email.<br />
Employees and their union told the AP that prison guards and others went through unusual end-of-shift pat downs for illegal materials at facilities around the state.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton developed a blood clot in her head but did not suffer a stroke or neurological damage, her doctors said Monday. They say they are confident that she will make a full recovery.
Nearly a year after a stroke left him barely able to move the left side of his body, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is expected to climb the 45 steps to the Senate's front door this week - a walk that's significant not just for Illinois' junior senator, but also for medical researchers and hundreds of thousands of stroke patients.
Evoking history and appealing for solidarity, President Barack Obama on Monday cast his decision to send 250 more troops to Syria as a bid to keep up "momentum" in the campaign to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He pressed European allies to match the U.S. with new contributions of their own.
Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha filed a federal lawsuit against New York City on Wednesday, alleging he was unjustly arrested outside of a trendy nightclub last year during a fracas that left him with a broken leg and ended his NBA season.