SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Senate has approved retaining the state's director of prisons.
The Senate voted 37-18 to consent to Gov. Pat Quinn's appointment over complaints from Republicans about the performance of S.A. "Tony" Godinez.
Godinez has been Corrections Department director since April 2011. The job pays $150,200.
Godinez has been criticized for a number of issues. He followed Quinn's directive to close two prisons and sell one to the federal government. The prisons are overcrowded -- holding nearly 50,000 inmates in a system designed for 32,000.
And he has overseen the hiring of a former congressman's son whom the executive inspector general said was not qualified. He also oversaw the hiring of a former gang member who the Chicago Sun-Times reported had been arrested two dozen times.