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Flags lowered to honor slain Illinois child welfare worker

DCFS investigator Deidre Silas

SPRINGFIELD  — Flags at Illinois state office buildings were lowered for three days to honor a child welfare worker who was stabbed to death this month.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered that U.S. and Illinois flags be set at half-staff at sunrise Thursday in honor of 36-year-old Deidre Silas, a child protection specialist for the Department of Children and Family Services.

Flags were to be returned to their traditional spot at sunset Saturday.

Silas was responding to a call about possibly endangered children at a home in Thayer, south of Springfield, on Jan. 5. She was met at the door by an assailant who stabbed her and fled.

 

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