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. And Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has vowed to “transform” Illinois’ troubled Department of Children and Family Services. Just last week he tapped a Florida Democrat George Sheldon to lead DCFS. As Illinois residents prepare to hear from the Gov. about all his fiscal priorities for the state, Chicago Sun-Times’ Becky Schlikerman and Tony Arnold take a closer look at the deaths of kids in the state, and the political hurdles Rauner faces in reforming the agency.
*Warning - this story has some troubling descriptions that could be difficult for sensitive listeners.