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Illinois governor promises fixes to child welfare agency

May. 15, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois's child welfare agency has reviewed 1,100 of its ongoing abuse and neglect cases as part of a stepped-up effort to right a department that's facing criticism for failing to prevent the deaths of three children under its watch since January, the governor announced...

The Latest: Pritzker pledges immediate action on DCFS woes

May. 15, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on recommendations to improve the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (all times local): 12 p.m. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he will quickly adopt every recommendation made in a report on suggested improvements to the Department of Children and...

Transgender inmate sues; seeks transfer to female prison

May. 14, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A transgender prisoner is suing Illinois' Department of Corrections, accusing it of doing too little to protect her from abuse for over 15 years and requesting an order transferring her to a women's prison. Lawyers for the MacArthur Justice Center and Uptown People's Law Center...

Illinois lawmakers vow to fix lapses in child welfare system

May. 7, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday took aim at the state's Department of Children and Family Services, which has been haunted for decades by deaths wrought of abuse and neglect and is in the spotlight again following the beating death of a 5-year-old suburban Chicago boy with a long...

Correction: Marijuana Legalization-Illinois story

May. 5, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — In a story May 4 about Illinois marijuana legalization efforts, The Associated Press erroneously reported the last name of the president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana. His name is Kevin Sabet, not Samet. A corrected version of the story is below: Illinois governor announces plan to...

Longtime Illinois politician Thomas Hynes dies at age 80

May. 5, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois state Senate president and Democratic National Committee member Thomas Hynes, who was a powerhouse in Chicago politics for four decades, has died. He was 80. Cheever Griffin, Hynes' son-in-law, confirmed that Hynes died Saturday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital from...

5 from Tennessee killed in Illinois interstate crash

May. 3, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

MARION, Ill. (AP) — Five people from Memphis, Tennessee who were headed to Chicago were killed in a crash in southern Illinois. Illinois State Police said Friday the driver of an SUV and its four passengers died Thursday afternoon on Interstate 57 in Franklin County when the SUV crashed into the rear of a...

Illinois governor OKs first steps on blocking Asian carp

Apr. 29, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he is willing to take initial steps toward fortifying a lock-and-dam system on a Chicago-area waterway so it can protect Lake Michigan from invasive Asian carp. Pritzker, a Democrat, told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a letter Friday that...

Illinois pledges child-welfare changes following boy's death

Apr. 26, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials with Illinois' child-welfare agency said Friday they are reviewing cases involving the state's youngest children in which caseworkers found insufficient evidence of abuse or neglect, after the beating death of a 5-year-old boy with a long history of contact with the agency. The...

The Latest: Agency reviewing 'unfounded' neglect cases

Apr. 26, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the death of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund in McHenry County (all times local): 3:15 p.m. An official says the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is reviewing unproven allegations of child abuse or neglect after the death this week of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ"...