In his first budget address as Illinois Governor Wednesday, Bruce Rauner announced plans to cut substantial funding for Medicaid, higher education and mass transportation. While the governor insists these cuts come at a "now or never time" for the state, we hear two local reactions and discuss how this proposed budget might really shake out for Illinois residents. Also, a look at how Chicago's Muslim community is reacting to a sexual absue case against a once prominent scholar in Elgin. And, music from Liam Hayes.
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.