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  • Independent monitors to assess Illinois residential treatment centers

     Independent monitors to assess Illinois residential treatment centers
    In the latest step aimed at reforming Illinois' troubled residential treatment centers, a federal judge on Tuesday agreed to allow independent monitors inside the facilities to evaluate the safety of the youths living in them and determine whether their needs are being met.
  • Rauner budget cuts target older Illinois foster youth

    Rauner budget cuts target older Illinois foster youth
    The state became Annie Audenas' substitute parent in the mid-1990s after Illinois child welfare officials said they found evidence of neglect in her family and placed the infant in protective custody. Audenas was adopted by age 3 but the arrangement...

    Illinois pulls wards from Sadie Waterford Manor residential center

     Illinois pulls wards from Sadie Waterford Manor residential center
    State child welfare officials have removed all juvenile state wards from a troubled south suburban residential treatment center after Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart angrily complained that girls were frequently running away, then being sexually assaulted or...

    Children attacked, abused at taxpayer-funded living centers

    Children attacked, abused at taxpayer-funded living centers
    In residential treatment centers across Illinois, children are assaulted, sexually abused and running away by the thousands — yet state officials fail to act on reports of harm and continue sending waves of youths to the most troubled and violent...

    Lawsuit alleges agency's lapses led to fire that killed girl, hurt brother

     Lawsuit alleges agency's lapses led to fire that killed girl, hurt brother
    During a hostage standoff in Cicero two years ago, authorities say, Nathaniel Beler had forced his two children into an apartment bathtub filled with enough gasoline to level the building. The children were taken away from Beler and placed under the...