Governor Bruce Rauner says the welfare of youth will be the cornerstone of a new state collaboration.
He signed an executive order creating the "Children's Cabinet" today at a school in Riverton, which is just outside of Springfield.
Riverton Superintendent Lance Thurman says the district takes a holistic approach to education. It has partnerships with a daycare, and offers lunch to needy kids in the summer when school's out.
Thurman says it's encouraging to see the state embrace that mindset.