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State child welfare agency comes under intense scrutiny State child welfare agency comes under intense scrutiny

State child welfare agency comes under intense scrutiny

Some Illinois lawmakers began calling for an overhaul of the state’s child welfare agency, arguing that it has been handed too many responsibilities to handle any of them properly.

Those comments came Tuesday during a Senate budget hearing for the Department of Children and Family Services, and they came against the backdrop of at least three high-profile deaths of children who, at one point or another, had been in the custody of the agency.

Talks of police, fire pension consolidation resume in Illinois Talks of police, fire pension consolidation resume in Illinois

Talks of police, fire pension consolidation resume in Illinois

Illinois lawmakers resumed discussion Thursday of a topic that has come up numerous times before — consolidating the state’s 656 local downstate police and firefighter pension funds into a single system. Although the idea has floated around the Capitol for some time, it is getting help this year from Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who appointed a task force in February to study...
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