Governor Pritzker Hopes To Bring Changes To DCFS

Craig Dellimore
January 15, 2020 - 8:54 am
Governor J.B. Pritzker

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It’s been a year since JB Pritzker was sworn in as Illinois’ Governor. He said he’s been able to accomplish a lot, but he admits, some troubling problems are proving difficult to resolve.

A new state inspector general’s report found that some 123 children had died last year, despite their families having contact with the long-troubled Department of Children and Family Services.

Governor Pritzker doesn’t deny the bad news keeps coming from the child welfare agency. 

"That's terrible and in fact it's one of the reasons why, when I first came into office, I demanded that we bring new people to DCFS, that we bring new eyes to it, experts from outside, that we hire new frontline staff - we have added 300 new people," he said.

The Governor said he’s added $128 million for DCFS in this year’s budget, but he said six months of 2019 were funded at the levels in predecessor Bruce Rauner’s budget.

He’s hopeful the changes will matter.

The Governor also said his Administration has retrained just about all DCFS employees. He acknowledges there more work to do though.