Kids

State News
4:43 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Proposed measure could allow felons to work in schools

Credit Peoria Public Radio

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

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State News
6:00 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Kids left behind bars, as DCFS struggle to find homes

Youth at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center at an event in 2014. A WBEZ investigation found that kids spend weeks, or even months, in the jail because DCFS can’t find a place for them to live.
Credit 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.

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Health
3:03 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Report: more insurance, increased abuse cases for IL children

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:

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