GOP Illinois House Leader Jim Durkin Calls For Hearings After DCFS Director Marc Smith Was Held In Contempt For Violating Rights Of Childrenllinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Westchester) called for hearings and an investigation after state Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith was held in contempt of court for violating the rights of children.
DCFS Director Held In Contempt Of Court For Violating Rights Of Children And Faces $2,000 A Day In FinesIn a stunning move, a Cook County Juvenile Court judge issued two contempt of court orders against Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Director Marc Smith for violating the rights of two children left languishing in facilities for months. Now  accountability - in a stunning move, a juvenile court judge issued two contempt of court orders against Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Director Marc Smith for violating the rights of two children left languishing in facilities for months.  DCFS could soon be fined as much as $2,000 a day until those children are properly placed. 
Illinois DCFS Caseworker Stabbed To Death During Home Visit Downstate; Suspect Charged With MurderIllinois Department of Children and Family Services caseworker Deidre Silas was stabbed to death Tuesday afternoon while conducting a home visit in downstate Sangamon County.
Judge Won't Back Down In Effort To Get Kids In Care Of DCFS Out Of Limbo In Psych Wards, Temporary SheltersHundreds of children who can’t go home to their families have instead been left in psych wards for months.
4-Year-Old Girl With Autism Comes Home From School With Bruises, And Fight To Move Schools Goes Horribly Until Mom Gets Results With CBS 2It is nightmare fuel for parents - your child coming home from school with mystery bruises and being unable to explain what happened. A Belmont Heights mom said she lived that nightmare, and the fight that followed to get her out of that school made things worse. So she called CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra and got quick results.
State Officials Refuse To Say How New $200 Million YouthCare Health Care Program For Foster Kids Is DoingThe Better Government Association wanted to know if YouthCare - managed by for-profit Meridian Health - is working, but the state declined their request for information, so the BGA is going to court.
One Arrested In Case Of 10-Year-Old Girl Sexually Assaulted By 5 Men Over 3 YearsPolice finally arrested the girl's abusers and finally Springfield took notice of how she was the one locked up long after she was cleared to leave
New Law Would Ban Restraining Children In Foster CareOn orders from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, transportation vendors regularly shackled foster children -- hands, feet, and a body length chain connecting all four limbs.
Activists Demand Systemic Change In Protest Outside Motel Where Girl, 10, Was Sexually Assaulted: 'This Was A Mausoleum Of Horror!'Activists turned out Wednesday in front of the Grand Motel in the South Side’s Washington Heights neighborhood, in support of a little girl who was sexually assaulted there last October.
After DCFS Consent Decree Hearing, Children's Lawyers, Cook County Public Guardian Lament Lack Of ProgressChildren trapped in psychiatric hospitals longer than they need to be and others simply falling through cracks are some of the critical problems the CBS 2 Investigators have been exposing for years at the Department of Children and Family Services.
Why Are Suspects In Repeated Sexual Abuse Of 10-Year-Old Girl Free, While She Was Locked Up In A Psychiatric Facility?Police and child protective services are scrambling to explain why multiple men who sexually abused a 10-year-old girl remain free, even though the suspects are known.