Illinois Department of Human Services

Illinois State Capitol

Federal Judge Blasts Illinois For Not Making All Ordered Payments

U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman broached the subject of holding the state in contempt of court. She ultimately ordered the Illinois state comptroller’s office to determine within 48 hours which providers of service to developmentally disabled residents must be funded despite an ongoing budget impasse.


Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers, Rauner Trying To Negotiate Fix For Budget Gaps

A day after outlining an ambitious agenda for his first year in office, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday was confronted with a state budget that is millions of dollars short for programs such as subsidized day care that are rapidly running out of money.


Debit cards replaced paper food stamp coupons in 2004. (Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

Watchdog: 2 Million Illinois Residents On Food Stamps Is “Extremely Embarrassing”

The Illinois Policy Institute, which bills itself as an independent government watchdog, has said the state of Illinois should be ashamed by the latest figures regarding how many people rely on food stamps.


Photo Credit:

Confidential Records Left Behind After Mental Health Centers Closed

Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration closed three health facilities in 2012 but left behind tractors and a forklift, an unidentified medical specimen and boxes full of confidential patient and employee records, an audit released Thursday said.


Former Alderman Sharon Dixon. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Gun Charges Dropped Against Former Ald. Sharon Dixon

Last year, a Cook County judge ruled that Dixon was unfit to stand trial on charges alleging she approached Chicago Police officers outside the 10th district with a loaded gun in the spring of 2013.


Hospital Bed Generic

Murray Developmental Center’s Closure Postponed

The shuttering of a southern Illinois center for the developmentally disabled has been postponed due to a pending court case.


Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Gov. Quinn Appoints New Inspector General

Quinn has appointed 40-year law enforcement veteran Michael McCotter to the job.


Illinois State Seal

Report: State DHS Kept Doing Business With Blacklisted Company

The Illinois Department of Human Services is being blasted for funneling over $1 million to a suspect company.

CBS Chicago–02/22/2012


Prosecutors: State Caseworker Sought Sex From Clients

An Illinois state employee is being held on $70,000 bond, on charges that he solicited sex from the people he was supposed to be helping.

CBS Chicago–10/05/2011

Funeral parlor. (Credit: CBS)

Ministers Decry Lack Of Funds To Bury Indigent

A group of Chicago ministers wants the governor and state lawmakers to come up with more money for the burial of indigents.

CBS Chicago–07/05/2011

Jerry LeBeau

Uncle Sam Wants You To Pay Him Back

The government wants its money. And if you’ve ever received federally subsidized benefits it’s possible you were overpaid.

CBS 2–04/27/2011

Illinois State Seal

State Blames Mistake For Scare Over Burial Funding

A letter stating that the state would no longer pay for burial services for the indigent set off a wave of panic among Illinois social workers, but it turns out the letter was a huge mistake.

CBS 2–03/16/2011


Psychologist Accused Of Sex Crime With Hospital Patient

A psychologist working at a state mental institution in Tinley Park is charged with coercing a patient to perform a sex act on him.


Debit cards replaced paper food stamp coupons in 2004. (Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

Food Stamp Surge In Illinois

Even as the economy grew and the unemployment rate began to shrink, the number of Illinois households getting food stamps hit record levels in December, showing no signs of an economic recovery, and area food pantries say they’ve continued to see more people asking for help.