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Illinois child protection director gets 3rd contempt charge in 8 days

Illinois child protection director gets 3rd contempt charge in 8 days

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services director was held in contempt of court for allegedly violating the right to proper housing of a 17-year-old boy. It’s the director’s third contempt charge in eight days, highlighting DCFS’ struggle to place kids.

By Dylan Sharkey

Illinois considers local gas taxes atop doubled state gas tax

Illinois considers local gas taxes atop doubled state gas tax

Illinois has the second-highest gas taxes in the nation, but a new bill would let cities add a local gas tax on top of the state and federal taxes and fees. Illinois doubled its gasoline tax in 2019, part of $5.2 billion in new taxpayer costs since Gov. J.B. Pritzker took office.

By Dylan Sharkey

Ashley Muzzillo

Ashley Muzzillo

“The union can literally hold our children hostage.”

Chicago Teachers Union ends walkout after students lose 5 days

Chicago Teachers Union ends walkout after students lose 5 days

Chicago students will be back in classes Jan. 12 after losing five days of instruction thanks to a walkout by the Chicago Teachers Union. The union forced more COVID-19 testing, but damaged students’ educations for the third time in 27 months to do so.

By Dylan Sharkey