Judge OKs class-action suit over Illinois prison health care

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections alleging inadequate health care in state prisons may cover all inmates with serious medical needs in every prison facility. Friday’s decision in U.S. District Court in Chicago means thousands of inmates could be affected by the class-action lawsuit. The suit alleges that claims medical and dental care provided by Corrections Department doesn’t meet minimum constitutional standards.