DCFS director faces 9th contempt charge for improper placements

A Cook County judge found DCFS Director Marc Smith in contempt on Thursday. It’s the ninth time this year that Smith has faced contempt citations for failing to place children in settings that comply with the agency’s recommendations and court orders. The latest case involves a 15-year-old boy with special needs who remains in a […]

Cook County judge cites DCFS director for contempt

A Cook County judge found Illinois Department of Children & Family Services Director Marc Smith in contempt for the continued improper placement of two state wards. Cook County Circuit Judge Patrick T. Murphy on Thursday, Jan. 6, also fined Smith $1,000 a day in each of the cases for every day the two children — […]

News Around Illinois – April 10, 2020

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On 1-Month Anniversary Of Disaster Proclamation, 1,344 New COVID-19 Cases In Illinois CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,344 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois Thursday, including 66 additional deaths. One of the deaths, a man in his 60s, occurred in Effingham County in central Illinois. The total of COVID-19 cases in […]

Local Primary Race Results

URBANA – Here’s a roundup of some of the more contested races from the 2020 Illinois Primary. US SENATE CHICAGO — A former Chicago-area sheriff has emerged from a crowded Illinois Republican primary field to mount a long-shot challenge to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Mark Curran, Lake County’s former sheriff who had perhaps the most […]

Illinois COVID-19 Cases Grow To 11; Disaster Proclamation Declared

CHICAGO – Illinois now has 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19. On Monday afternoon, Governor JB Pritzker announced four new cases of the coronavirus in the state.   He also formally declared a disaster proclamation. That opens up pathways to federal and state resources, including money and medical expertise.  While the risk of getting coronavirus remains low, Pritzker […]

News Around Illinois – December 12, 2019

Many Farmers Celebrate New Trade Agreement URBANA – Illinois farmers are celebrating a new trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. The USMCA – which was finalized Tuesday — essentially updates the North American Free Trade Agreement and maintains trade relationships with two of Illinois’ main trading partners. Marty Marr is a farmer in New Berlin and […]