The Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds is offering a series of nature adventure days for kids each Wednesday in June in western Illinois.

Children Often Victims of Chicago Violence

Jan 3, 2017
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Chicago’s violent year was especially dangerous for the city’s children. Dozens of young kids were shot in 2016 before reaching high school age. Police data show that last year, there were 41 shootings that killed or wounded children younger than 14. That’s way more than any time in the last 10 years. And its more than double the number of child victims in 2015. Illinois Public Radio’s Patrick Smith reports.

Peoria Public Radio

A measure pending in the Illinois legislature would make it possible for some convicted felons to work in schools. 

Bill Healy

There’s a kid in the Cook County juvenile jail right now who isn’t supposed to be there. A judge ordered his release on January 29.

The annual Kids Count report shows fewer Illinois children are without health insurance, but the number of cases of child abuse is climbing.  The report from Voices for Illinois Children assesses a variety of areas in a child’s well-being including education, health and development and economic security.  It shows Peoria County’s child abuse rate is double the state average. Trish Fox directs the Peoria Center for Youth and Family Solutions. She says that family income is a significant factor towards child abuse: