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10th Contempt Citation Filed Against DCFS Director As 13-year-old Locked In Psych Ward

Family member details conditions of child held beyond medical necessity By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois bhundsdorfer@capitolnewsillinois.com Leah is a 13-year-old girl under Department of Children and Family Services care who lives in a psychiatric ward in a Chicago hospital. Capitol News Illinois is using a pseudonym to protect her identity, but has confirmed she’s…

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O’Ward Wins Gran Prix of Alabama

By Jeff Thornton Herald Publications The pandemic postponed our coverage of the Gran Prix of Alabama in 2020 and 2021. The race was canceled in 2020, and the 2021 race was limited live press coverage. This year it finally happened and we were able to cover the event! Photographer Greg Junge and I had visited…

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One solution to food price spikes – reduce waste

By DANIEL GRANT FarmWeek Consumers should think twice before throwing out those last few pieces of bread, lightly bruised fruit or milk barely beyond its sell-by date. Food waste and loss is a key contributor to sub-optimal diets, environmental issues and inflationary pressure currently gripping most countries in the world – some more severe than…

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Illinois lawmakers respond to leaked Supreme Court abortion decision

Draft opinion would overturn landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois gkinnicutt@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois Democrats warned of an “end to the constitutional right to privacy” if a leaked U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the 1973 landmark decision in Roe v. Wade becomes finalized as precedent.…

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‘Stuck kids’ docket details challenges for DCFS wards in improper placements

Docket has spurred nine contempt charges against agency’s director By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois bhundsdorfer@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The weekly docket for children who are wards of the state and waiting for placements recommended by the Department of Children and Family Services after an assessment of their needs took place as scheduled Thursday in Cook…

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Expansion of Medicaid for noncitizens sent to governor

In 2020, Illinois became the first state to offer coverage for undocumented noncitizens by extending it to those 65 and older who would otherwise qualify for Medicaid if not for their immigration status. In 2021, lawmakers lowered the age limit to 55. This year’s bill lowers the age limit even further to 42. By PETER…

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DCFS director faces 9th contempt charge for improper placements

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois bhundsdorfer@capitolnewsillinois.com A Cook County judge found DCFS Director Marc Smith in contempt on Thursday, April 21. 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…

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Illinois Lawmakers Pass Bill To Combat Organized Retail Theft

Retailers call it one of strongest responses in nation, GOP says it doesn’t do enough By Grace Kinnicutt Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – A measure aimed at addressing high-profile “smash-and-grabs” and other organized retail crime was among the scores of bills passed during the General Assembly’s final sprint toward its Saturday morning adjournment. Its backers,…

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Gov. Pritzker Announces New ‘Middle of Everything’ Illinois Tourism Campaign, Starring and Directed by Jane Lynch

New Ad Campaign ‘Middle of Everything’ spotlights Illinois as the center of culture, food, outdoor adventures, architecture, history and more to attract visitors and accelerate the state’s tourism recovery CHICAGO —Governor JB Pritzker joined the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), at the Shedd Aquarium to kick off the state’s new tourism campaign,…

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Bill would require schools to offer vegan, vegetarian options upon request

Bill clears Senate; will soon head to governor By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Public schools in Illinois may soon be serving a lot more vegan and vegetarian meals, thanks to a bill that cleared the General Assembly Tuesday. House Bill 4089 requires school districts to provide a plant-based lunch option that…

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