A federal judge has set in motion improvements to Illinois’ troubled Department of Children and Family Services. The action came after WBEZ found some minors were waiting behind bars even after they were cleared to go home.
The state's child welfare system leaves hundreds of kids stuck in juvenile jail after their time is served. One juvenile was left in jail by DCFS last year for 190 extra days—that's longer than a school year.
A series of reports from Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ’s Tony Arnold found that the number of Illinois children dying from abuse and neglect remains high – even after the state’s child welfare agency had been involved with the child’s family. With Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vowing to “transform” Illinois’ troubled Department of Children and Family Services we take a closer look at the neglect of kids in the state, and the political hurdles Rauner faces in reforming the agency. Also, we talk with organizers of a Black History Month event honoring University of Chicago's first black teacher, Dr. Julian H. Lewis.
Prosecutors say Kadiedra Speed, a 20-year-old ward of the state, stabbed her roommate to death in their Joliet apartment. It’s believed to be the first time a ward has been charged with murder since 2009.
We sit down with the new head of the Illinois Department of Children and Family services to find out what plans she has for the agency. We get a preview of this year's August Wilson Monologue Competition. And, the music of Edward David Anderson.