Illinois

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is replacing the long-time watchdog of Illinois’ troubled child welfare system.

Denise Kane has been the inspector general of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for 24 years.

But Rauner quietly announced last week that he’s replacing her at the end of the month.

Ben Wolf is with the ACLU - which has monitored DCFS under a court order for decade.

“I never doubted for a moment that her heart was focused on the best interest of the children and not on anything else,” he said.

new plan in Illinois aims to end youth tackle football programs with the goal of preventing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease of the brain caused by repetitive brain trauma.

The bill bears the name of Dave Duerson, a 1985 Chicago Bear who killed himself. Doing so by shooting himself in the chest in order to preserve his brain for research. 

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The inspector general for the Illinois General Assembly says a top state senator did not sexually harass a woman whose legislation he was sponsoring last year.

Inspector General Julie Porter concludes in a report that Sen. Ira Silverstein's interaction with Denise Rotheimer did not rise to the level of ethical misconduct. But she says it was "conduct unbecoming of a legislator" and recommended the 19-year veteran lawmaker be counseled by the Senate's ethics officer.

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The number of lawsuits filed against county officials in northern Illinois in response to intentional prolonged daily jail lockdowns is growing by the day.

Winnebago County State's Attorney's chief of staff and Civil Bureau, Dave Kurlinkus, said Monday that four lawsuits had been served. Winnebago County Circuit Clerk Tom Klein said Tuesday that the number had grown to 15 lawsuits and that he is expecting to see more.

The Rockford Register Star reports that the lawsuits allege "excessive and unwarranted lockdowns," and several are seeking $15,000 in damages.

Dream Action NIU

Dream Action NIU at Northern Illinois University is calling on public support for undocumented students protected under the DACA program – or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The fundraiser comes after the government's recent announcement to resume accepting DACA renewals. 

Laura Vivaldo Cholula is the Co-President of Dream Action NIU.

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