DCFS Reports 17% Decline In Child Death Cases

SPRINGFIELD – Child welfare officials in Illinois reported a 17 percent decline in the number of child death cases they investigated during the previous fiscal year, an indicator, they say, of progress in addressing previous shortcomings. According to the latest annual report by the Department of Children and Family Services’ inspector general, the agency opened 102 child […]

Planned Central Illinois Youth Center Will Advance Juvenile Justice Overhaul

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration announced the planned opening of a new center for incarcerated youth in central Illinois Tuesday, the latest step in a plan to reform the state’s juvenile justice system. The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice is establishing an Illinois Youth Center in the city of Lincoln in Logan County. The […]

Senate Confirms Pete Buttigieg As Transportation Secretary

WASHINGTON — The Senate has approved Pete Buttigieg to be transportation secretary, which makes him the first openly gay person confirmed to a Cabinet post. Buttigieg is tasked with advancing President Joe Biden’s wide-ranging agenda of rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure and fighting climate change. He easily passed a vote on Tuesday. The 39-year-old former mayor […]

Senate Makes Alejandro Mayorkas First Latino Head Of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON – The Senate has voted to confirm Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He becomes the first Latino and first immigrant to lead DHS. The vote was narrower than for some of President Biden’s other Cabinet nominees. Mayorkas was confirmed by a 56-43 vote on Tuesday. The approval came on the […]