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Inside these walls, inmates live and over 200 staff work.  That includes support, security staff and correctional officers. All of them are state workers, but some concerned about the future of their pensions.  Randy Dahls is a correctional officer for the East Moline Correctional Center.  He's been working there for over 20 years.

"The reform that they passed I'm very disappointed with,"said Randy Dahls.  "There's income that won't be coming in that was counted on. When we hired in, we were hired in under a promise. That this retirement would be there for us."

A promise he says the state isn't honoring.

"I'm disappointed because it's another theft.  We've paid into our pensions," said Dahls.  "For a correctional officer, every pay check, we pay in 8 and a half percent of our pay into our pension.  The state doesn't."

The new pension plan covers a variety elements.  One of which, saving the state 160 billion dollars over the course of 30 years, raising the retirement age and scaling back cost of living increases.  Those are changes Dahl's says he wasn't expecting.

"It just means that when I retire, I'll have a...my lifestyle probably won't be what I expected it to be," said Dahls.

At 47, Dahl's says he would have retired in three years because the retirement age for correctional officers in Illinois is 50, but now he's uncertain on when retirement will be.

 "I'll have to work longer, ill have to work during retirement now," said Dahl.