(SPRINGFIELD) The U.S. Bureau of Justice has released recent numbers about incarceration rates from across the nation and while the rates have dropped in Illinois, several other issues need solutions, according to an independent corrections monitor. Illinois has the 22nd lowest incarceration rate in the U.S. although it fell by 2,583 inmates by the end of 2016. However, the John Howard Association says statewide prisons are still overcrowded, a system designed to hold just over 28,000 inmates is currently housing some 32,000 men and women. With all the marginal costs included to care for inmates, the cost to house, clothe, feed, and treat prisoners is at about $36,000 per inmate, per year. The Illinois Department of Corrections is continuing to look at progressive ways to deal with the issues within the prison system around the state.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) is celebrating the state’s 200th birthday by focusing on inclusion and diversity. Officials say the “Fairness and Equality Champaign” is in recognition of the Illinois Bicentennial with the aim to get at least 200 local government entities to commit to improving cultural relations in their communities. Local municipalities, counties, townships, and school districts are all encouraged to sign on and those that formally join will be offered a variety of partnership opportunities, such as joint-public events, media resources, and training opportunities to promote awareness of the state’s anti-discrimination protections. Interested communities can call the Illinois Department of Human Rights at 312-814-1830 or email the department offices at IDHR.Webmail@illinois.gov.
(SPRINGFIELD) As America’s football fans gear up for one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are taking a timeout to spread an important safety message : Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. With Super Bowl LII coming up this Sunday, the State Police and nearly 100 local police departments and sheriff’s offices will be stepping up impaired driving enforcement efforts around the clock this weekend. In fact, motorists throughout the state can expect to see an increase in safety patrols, seat belt enforcement zones, and roadside safety checks. Those attending parties who intend to consume alcohol should designate a sober driver or use public transportation to get home. The Super Bowl enforcement campaign is part of the Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs funded with federal highway safety funds administered by IDOT.