Illinois Department of Human Services

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.

12/19/2014

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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.

05/30/2014

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.

05/28/2014

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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.

10/25/2013

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Gov. Quinn Appoints New Inspector General

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

12/08/2012

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

01/21/2011

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.

01/15/2011