| Jun 14, 2012
| 2:24 PM
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office concedes in a court filing today that the state’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, according to a spokeswoman.
Two recent lawsuits against Cook County Clerk David Orr claim that...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 9:20 AM
Budget cuts that are often cited as a reason for failures by the state agency charged with protecting children have fallen disproportionately on front-line child abuse and neglect workers, a Tribune analysis has found.
Less than half the agency's overall...
| Jul 4, 2012
Casting doubt on an ambitious state plan to move thousands of mentally ill adults out of nursing homes and into community-based programs, a federal court monitor reported this week that many of the patients don't want to leave the facilities while...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 3:29 PM
A Cook County judge has dismissed a civil rights lawsuit that alleged inequalities in how Chicago police deploy officers in predominantly black and Hispanic communities.
In a 10-page ruling last week, Judge Neil Cohen ruled that the court does not have...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 2:30 PM
A recent Cook County court ruling makes it possible for transgender people in Illinois to correct the gender on their birth certificates without undergoing genital surgery, but advocates say there’s more work to do and that the current law still...
| Mar 23, 2012
The poem Joshua Travis read to other teenage alumni of the state's child welfare system described in his own words how his mentally ill mother killed his 3-year-old brother.
Amanda Wallace waved goodbye and hanged him from the transom of their West...
| Feb 2, 2012
D'Andre Howard left plenty of clues that he was on a dangerous path before he was accused of killing three members of a Hoffman Estates family, but state officials and outside agencies failed to act on those warnings, a new report concludes.
| Aug 8, 2012
| 3:31 PM
Despite deep state budget cuts, the state’s child-welfare agency has reached an agreement with a watchdog group to lower caseloads for frontline workers who investigate critical hotline calls alleging abuse and neglect.
The Illinois Department of...
| Aug 9, 2012
The state's child welfare agency has reached an agreement with a watchdog group to lower troubling caseload levels for workers who investigate hotline calls alleging abuse and neglect.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services plans to...
| Mar 4, 2012
Fred Pennix recently drove into Chicago's crime-ridden Englewood neighborhood to check on two of the nearly 40 families under his watch as a state child-protection investigator. It was a holiday but, worried about the children's safety, he was going to...
| Mar 5, 2012
| 3:42 PM
President Obama is moving one of two major world summits from Chicago to the presidential retreat near Washington, with an aide saying the president has decided he wants a more "intimate" setting than his hometown for the May gathering.
The Group of...