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Monday, May 16

Leah is a 13-year-old girl under Department of Children and Family Services care who lives in a psychiatric ward in a Chicago hospital. Capitol News Illinois is using a pseudonym to protect her identity, but has confirmed she’s been held for months behind locked doors despite a doctor saying she was well enough to leave the hospital and a judge ordering that she should be moved. On Thursday, Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith received his 10th contempt of court citation for failing to comply with that judge’s order in Leah’s case.
Reporter: Beth Hundsdorfer
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The cost of renovating the north wing of the Statehouse will be more expensive than originally thought. The Office of the Architect received only one bid on the project, which will now cost $243.5 million. The architect is citing labor shortages and inflation as some of the reasons for the increased cost but says the project is still within the amount appropriated by the General Assembly.
Reporter: Peter Hancock
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Listen to the latest Capitol Cast  

Illinois politicians react to the leaked draft opinion suggesting the U.S. Supreme Court is about to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Peter Hancock, Jerry Nowicki and Grace Kinnicutt discuss those developments and other news of the week.

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