A federal judge has approved an improvement plan for Illinois' child welfare agency that includes reforms for helping children with psychological, emotional and behavioral problems.

U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Alonso signed off on the overhaul on Wednesday. The roughly 60-page document is part of a longtime consent decree aimed at improving care. It follows an American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois lawsuit.

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New data show that the percentage of Illinois youth diagnosed with concussions grew by 83 percent between 2010 and 2015.

The Chicago Tribune reports that diagnosed concussions among Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois members between the ages of 10 and 19 increased from a rate of 7.6 per 1,000 members in 2010 to 14 per 1,000 members in 2015.

Blue Cross is Illinois' largest insurer with over 8 million members.

Blue Cross senior medical director Dr. Stephanie Vomvouras attributes the increase to greater awareness of concussions.

DeKalb County Judge Robin Stuckert will meet with interested parties today in cases related to the 2015 death of Oluwarotimi “Timi” Okedina.

Police arrested two students and another man in 2015 after Okedina plunged to his death Sept. 26 from an 11th story window in the Stephenson Towers residence hall.

Freshman enrollment at financially troubled Chicago State University has fallen to 86 freshmen this fall semester.

Figures released Tuesday show the university on Chicago's South Side has fewer than half the students it did six years ago. The Chicago Tribune reports that about 3,600 students are taking classes this fall, down from about 7,350 students in 2010.

Overall enrollment is down 25 percent, and undergraduate enrollment is down 32 percent in one year.

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Illinois voters will vote this fall on a constitutional amendment affecting road funding.  

In the past, the state has reallocated road funding to plug holes in the budget.  

Fed up with this move, road contractors and construction workers had an idea:  Amend the Illinois Constitution so these funds must be used on transportation needs, and nothing else.

Lawmakers overwhelmingly agreed to put the amendment on this year's ballot.