(IRN) – If the Farmers’ Almanac winter weather prediction holds true, Illinoisans should prepare for a rough winter.
The publication is warning readers that this winter will be filled with plenty of “shaking, shivering and shoveling.” Managing editor Sandi Duncan said the forecast comes from a formula that has been used since 1818.
Duncan said Illinois will experience the harshest weather at the first of the year. She said last year the Farmers’ Almanac predicted many of the 2021-2022 winter storms, most notably the early-season nor’easter at the end of October and the April blizzard that hit the Central Plains.
(UPLC) – A federal court judge issued an order of contempt against the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) after the Department repeatedly ignored court orders and failed to take appropriate steps to improve health care in the State’s prison system.
Specifically, the court acted after repeated failures by IDOC since 2018 to develop a specific, detailed plan needed to implement and remedy problems in the prison health care system that court experts identified multiple times.
Prisoners first sued IDOC in 2010, alleging systemic problems in health care, problems that lead to serious disease, harm and even death for people under the care of IDOC.
The lawsuit, brought by named prisoners represented by the ACLU of Illinois, Dentons, and Uptown People’s Law Center resulted in an agreement with the State of Illinois in 2018, approved by the court in May 2019.
The agreement required IDOC to develop a comprehensive plan to improve medical care. For more than three years, the Department has failed to take that step, leading the court to enforce the contempt order.