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Juneteenth celebration in 1900 at Eastwoods Park. Credit: Austin History Center

ICOY Staff Reflections on Juneteenth

Recently, both the House and Senate voted in favor of recognizing Juneteenth as a federal holiday, and President Biden is scheduled to sign the…

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HB3821 Passes, Creating a Task Force to Examine Racial Disproportionality in the Child Welfare System

CHICAGO – Illinois parents and advocates pushing for critical changes to Illinois’ foster system are celebrating the passage of HB3821, which will create a…

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ICOY Responds to Recent Police Brutality Involving Youth

We share in the anger, frustration, and grief felt across Illinois and the country in the wake of the killings of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, a child and…

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ICOY supports the removal of police from schools

Authors: Eilene Ladson (ICOY Program Director), Kathryn Culleeny (ICOY Juvenile Justice Manager), & Jocelyn Vega (ICOY Trauma Specialist) As the nation continues to discuss the…

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Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Coronavirus Q&As with Illinois DCFS Acting Director Marc Smith

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is holding weekly COVID-19 webinars for Acting Director Marc Smith to provide guidance and answers to questions…

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ICOY lobbies for needs of underserved youth in Illinois

Front Line Child Welfare and Youth Service Organizations to Educate Lawmakers on Challenges of Protecting At-Risk Youth SPRINGFIELD (FEBRUARY, 26 2020) – More than…

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Removal of statute of limitations on sexual crimes resulting in liability insurance challenges

On January 1, a new law took effect in Illinois that removes the statute of limitations for a range of criminal sexual assault charges….

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Illinois selected as a Regional Partnership Grant Round 6 Recipient

We are delighted to announce that the Eastern Illinois Intact Family Recovery Proposal was selected for funding! This five-year Federal grant will replicate the…

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ICOY testifies that human service providers need resources to support minimum wage increase

On Tuesday, September 17, ICOY CEO Andi Durbin testified before the Chicago City Council Committee on Workforce Development about the financial impact a proposed…

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ICOY condemns new ‘public charge’ immigration rule

On Wednesday, August 14, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the final ‘public charge’ immigration rule. Unless legal action is successful, the rule change will…

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