An Illinois state appeals court has turned back Gov. Pat Quinn's bid to throw out a temporary restraining order that bars him from closing two state prisons and various other corrections sites. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the Mount Vernon-based Illinois 5th District Appellate Court lets stand the order granted earlier this month by an associate judge in Alexander County. That order barred the shuttering of the Dwight and Tamms prisons. The order came at the request of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. An arbitrator had ruled in the union's favor and ordered the state and AFSCME to continue bargaining for 30 days before closures could begin.
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