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COVID Blamed for Four Deaths at EM Prison

IL Department of Corrections

The pandemic has killed four inmates so far at the East Moline state prison, and all within about the last two weeks. They're among the total of 29 inmate deaths so far at prisons across Illinois, as reported by the Department of Corrections. There have been no staff deaths from the coronavirus.

The first inmate death, at Stateville, in Crest Hill near Chicago, occurred in March, followed by several more through May. Then there were no inmate COVID deaths in Illinois until August, when they began occurring at various prisons around the state.

The four deaths at East Moline, all since October 11th, include one man in his 50's, two in their 60's, and one over the age of 70.

No deaths have been reported at correctional centers in Dixon, Galesburg, and Kewanee. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.