A new analysis from the Chicago Tribune finds caseloads for Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigators are too high. The Tribune reports the biggest trouble spots are in southern Illinois, Cook County, and the counties around Chicago.
For the past several years, the building that once housed Draffen’s Department Store has sat vacant on a street corner in Calvert City. Boards cover its front windows and “Keep Out” signs warn people away from its unsteady walls, but at one time, the store operated as one of the city’s chief centers of commerce. Yet money counts more than memories in the preservation of buildings, and Saturday, Calvert City will lose another historical landmark to demolition. Casey Northcutt has more.