Editor’s note: All of these stories were first published in Illinois Issues magazine or on the Illinois Issues blog. They have been updated with new information, and statistics have been updated where new numbers were available.
by Kevin McDermott
Children die even when their tragic situations have been reported to DCFS
Doing right by the kids
by Caitlin Rydinsky
An agreement seeks to improve conditions, care of youth in custody
Impoverished in Illinois
story and photographs by Robert Loerzel
One of every three people in this state is poor — in some locales, the situation is particularly dire
by Amanda Vinicky
The debate is churned up at the state and federal levels
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