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American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois

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  • Budget cuts threaten DCFS reforms

    Budget cuts threaten DCFS reforms
    Tribune reporter 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....
  • Gay marriage ban unconstitutional, Cook County State's Attorney motion says

    Gay marriage ban unconstitutional, Cook County State's Attorney motion says
    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...
  • Front-line workers bear brunt of DCFS staff cuts

    Front-line workers bear brunt of DCFS staff cuts
    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...
  • Illinois struggles to move mentally ill adults out of nursing homes

     Illinois struggles to move mentally ill adults out of nursing homes
    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...
  • Birth certificate changes easier in Illinois?

    Birth certificate changes easier in Illinois?
    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...
  • 'His name was Joseph'

    'His name was Joseph'
    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...
  • A win for Transgender rights in Illinois… but more needed

     
    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...
  • Catholic Charities denied stay in Illinois adoption contract case

     
    The ongoing legal battle between Catholic Charities and the state of Illinois over the organization’s state-funded contracts, and their refusal to grant adoption and foster care services to same-sex couples in civil unions, continues with the church...
  • Pact to decrease number of mentally ill in nursing homes

    Pact to decrease number of mentally ill in nursing homes
    A Chicago federal judge has approved a landmark agreement that will enable thousands of people with mental illness currently living in nursing homes to move into community settings that experts say are more appropriate and less expensive. U.S. District...
  • Suicides expose safety breakdowns

    Suicides expose safety breakdowns
    Sometime before 3:09 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2009, Jamal Miller began to tear the bedsheet in his room at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles. The stocky 16-year-old tied the sheet to a sock and tied the sock around the metal bar at the top of his bunk...