Illinois Opioid Helpline Has Received 10,000 CallsAn Illinois hotline that supports people addicted to opioids and other substances has received 10,000 calls since it was set up in late 2017.
Illinois SNAP Benefits Continue Through February During Government ShutdownSNAP benefits will be funded through the end of February but will be issued on or before Jan. 20.
Suit: Social Worker Kept Mental Patient As Sex SlaveA 24-year-old Aurora man is suing the Illinois Department of Human Services and the social worker he said seduced and sexually abused him while he was at the Elgin Mental Health Center.
Woman Pleads Guilty To Taking $4K In Unearned Payments From IDHSJanene Wright-Stephenson, 50, pleaded guilty Jan. 27 to a class 3 felony count of theft. She was ordered to pay $4,468.75 in restitution.
Convicted Sex Offender Deemed ‘Sexually Violent’A convicted sex offender was deemed a “sexually violent person” by a jury Tuesday and committed to the Illinois Department of Human Services.
Dying Woman's Final Wish: To Not Be Cremated
Federal Judge Blasts Illinois For Not Making All Ordered PaymentsU.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.
Lawmakers, Rauner Trying To Negotiate Fix For Budget GapsA 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.
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.
Confidential Records Left Behind After Mental Health Centers ClosedGov. 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.
Gun Charges Dropped Against Former Ald. Sharon DixonLast 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.
Murray Developmental Center's Closure PostponedThe shuttering of a southern Illinois center for the developmentally disabled has been postponed due to a pending court case.