CHICAGO (AP) - A county public guardian in Illinois is suing the state's Department of Children and Family Services over what it contends is the "immense harm" the agency is doing to mentally ill foster children that are kept in psychiatric hospitals beyond their medical discharge dates. The federal class-action lawsuit filed by Cook County's public guardian contends that keeping the children so long at the psychiatric hospitals is "inhumane" and costs taxpayers more than $125,000 a month.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is welcoming governors-elect from both parties to the White House Thursday. Among those attending are Florida Republican Ron DeSantis, Georgia Republican Brian Kemp, Illinois Democrat J.B. Pritzker, Wisconsin Democrat Tony Evers and newly-inaugurated Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican.
CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a 13-year-old boy has been charged with involuntary manslaughter following the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy in southern Illinois. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the 13-year-old was arrested this month following the October shooting in the St. Clair County community of Cahokia. The boy also faces a charge of unlawful use of a weapon. The St. Clair County coroner earlier identified the teen who died as Darris Williams of Florissant, Missouri.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - A former administrator at Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus has been approved as its temporary leader while the university conducts a search to fill the position. The university says its board of trustees voted Thursday to name John M. Dunn interim chancellor, a role he held in 2006-07. He replaces Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno, who in October. Dunn retired as Western Michigan University's president last year.
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