A new report from the watchdog of Illinois’ child welfare system is making public how many children have died from abuse or neglect. The report describes how 93 Illinois children died last year - from a variety of causes. WBEZ and the Chicago Sun-Times looked into each of those deaths. They found at least 27 children died from abuse or neglect - even though the Department of Children and Family Services had had contact with the family before.
That number is down a little from previous years.
The report comes as DCFS has been re-evaluating its own practices for tracking children who die from abuse or neglect.