Illinois Department of Children and Family Services http://wkms.org en IL House to Consider Road Funds, Child-Welfare Money http://wkms.org/post/il-house-consider-road-funds-child-welfare-money <p></p><p>An Illinois House committee has approved additional funding for state programs in a plan that takes advantage of new money for road building and shifts the savings from a closed prison to child-welfare services. The Executive Committee voted Monday to send the measure to the House floor. Transportation advocates want quick action on a $675 million addition to transit-construction plans so that more concrete can be laid this spring. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 13:38:45 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 27644 at http://wkms.org IL House to Consider Road Funds, Child-Welfare Money Southern IL Sees Sharp Increase in Child Sex Abuse http://wkms.org/post/southern-il-sees-sharp-increase-child-sex-abuse <p></p><p>An Illinois Department of Children and Family Services report shows a 6 percent increase of child sex abuse across the state, but most of the southern counties have a much higher rate. The report compared sex abuse allegations from July 1 to Nov. 30 of this year to the same time period last year. Massac, Hardin, Johnson and Saline counties all had more than twice the state average of reported child sex abuse. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:45:31 +0000 Whitney Jones 26169 at http://wkms.org Southern IL Sees Sharp Increase in Child Sex Abuse IL Upgrades Child Abuse Hotline http://wkms.org/post/il-upgrades-child-abuse-hotline <p></p><p>The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has a new computerized child abuse hotline after receiving complaints that the old system failed to handle the large number of calls. Last year the department had more than 250,000 calls, but a majority of callers had to wait for a child abuse expert to call back. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:27:05 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 25063 at http://wkms.org IL Upgrades Child Abuse Hotline