Over 100 IDOC Nurses Won't Be Laid Off

Apr 27, 2017

House republicans says the governor's office is rescinding the layoff of 124 Illinois Department of Corrections nurses.

The plan was to replace the nurses with private contractors...but Representative Tim Butler of Springfield says they will not lose their jobs after all. He says he hopes both sides can return to the bargaining table very soon.

"We're happy that the administration has agreed to this. We're happy that the union, it's my understanding, that they've agreed to come back to the table. So, I think it's a good opportunity to have a good settlement come out of this. I believe through negotiations they can probably continue to find cost-saving measures that the administration is looking for. That's something they need to sit at the table and figure out. I mean I'm sure there are other avenues that they can look at through these negotiations to find some cost-saving measures."

The governor's office had estimated using all privately contracted nurses would save the state about eight million dollars.