| Jun 10, 2012
Clifford Triplett understands the impact his tortured past had on Illinois' child-welfare system and doesn't want to see it lose ground.
As a 5-year-old, he was burned with cigarettes, whipped with a belt buckle and starved for months....
| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 8, 2013
After being beaten with a pan and left in the dark for hours bound to a pole, the 11-year-old girl escaped from her abusive home through a basement window and walked barefoot six blocks to the La Grange police station one summer night in 2011.
| Apr 18, 2013
| 3:01 PM
SPRINGFIELD — If Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart ever gets his drone, he could face a series of restrictions on how it can be used.
The Illinois Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a measure aimed at putting in place aerial drone regulations...
| May 22, 2013
| 6:17 PM
Lawyers for two Roman Catholic-owned companies in Illinois and Indiana argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday that a law forcing them to include birth control in their employees' benefits would violate their First Amendment rights....
| May 31, 2013
| 2:40 PM
If law enforcement agencies had a free hand, we might all soon be living in a version of what Sting sang: "Every step you take, I'll be watching you." The advance of unmanned aerial vehicles, known as drones, has made suffocating surveillance not only...
| Jul 28, 2011
Last week, a Cook County Circuit Judge ordered that three transgender people be granted new birth certificates reflecting their correct gender marker by the Division of Vital Records of the Illinois Department of Public Health following a lawsuit from the...