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Judge extends order barring Ill. prison closures

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge is barring Gov. Pat Quinn from going forward with his plan to close two prisons, at least for now.

Circuit Judge Charles Cavaness cited safety concerns when he issued the injunction Wednesday in Alexander County.

It replaces a temporary restraining order he issued last month and requires the prisons to remain open while the administration and a union go through arbitration.

The injunction covers Quinn's plan to close prisons at Dwight and Tamms, as well as three halfway houses and two youth prisons. Aides say the Democratic governor plans to appeal the judge's decision.

Legislators provided money to keep the facilities open, but Quinn vetoed the funds. He says they should be spent on education.

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