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DCFS Caseload In Illinois Is Higher Than Legally Allowed

Posted by wlpo on March 5, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) – A new media analysis finds caseloads for Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigators are too high.

The biggest trouble spots are in Cook County, the counties around Chicago and in southern Illinois. The Chicago Tribune says its analysis found the department is violating a 1991 federal consent decree that aimed to set monthly limits on new cases for
investigators.

Investigators should handle about two dozen cases at a time, but the newspaper’s survey found they often have 40 or more cases.

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