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February 18, 2018

How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things

For the more than 3,000 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday's mass shooting was terrifying and life-changing. But what of the tens of millions of other children, in schools across the country, who have since heard about what happened and now struggle with their own feelings of fear, confusion and uncertainty?


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January 27, 2018

Gov. Rauner Replaces Longtime DCFS Watchdog

Denise Kane, the longtime top watchdog for Illinois’ troubled child-welfare system — who’s been highly critical of the agency’s former director leading up to his resignation amid a corruption scandal last year — is now being replaced by Gov. Bruce Rauner.


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Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
January 18, 2018

Lawsuit Claims Illinois Children Denied Medically Necessary Services

A lawsuit against Illinois’ Department of Healthcare and Family Services claims the state illegally withholds medically necessary services from children with severe mental health disorders. The suit's lead attorney says some parents desperate to get their children help have surrendered them to the foster care system. The case was settled in federal court this week.


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January 10, 2018

Getting Real About Postpartum; Testing For Drug-Impaired Driving; Funding And ‘Safety Net’ Hospitals

On the 21st: University of Illinois professor Kate Clancy joins us to talk about what's missing from our conversations about new moms, going back to work, and physical postpartum symptoms - and a Twitter thread she wrote on the subject that struck a chord with thousands. Plus, how law enforcement agencies are trying to test whether a driver is under the influence of drugs. But first, a major change in the way many medical centers receive public funding is making some hospitals worried.


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