To be honest, I often had this crazy idea that this affects black families the most, but this isn't entirely the case. The suburban couple were white. The fact is that at some point this (child abuse/neglect) is a problem that affects us all.
Well I saw a couple of posts by Illinoize regular Cal Skinner. The first story is easier to follow because he was actually in the General Assembly back in 1979 and he was checking up on a DCFS case that seemed to get fairly sluggish especially if the police chief calls DCFS before a child. Check this out...
During that spring a teenage died in the Uteg apartments south of Route 14 where the Pizza Hut is located.Read the other Cal Skinner post over at Illinoize. It is a more basic telling of DCFS' record. It doesn't look good.
This child, a girl, I believe, was chained to her bed. She died because of a fire.
That was bad enough, but it got worse when Crystal Lake Police Chief Sam Johns told meYou don’t know the worst part, Cal.Rules for Department of Children and Family Services caseworkers require a home inspection within 24 hours of a complaint
We called DCFS 30 days before the fire.
The last time I saw a compliance figure, DCFS met that goal 98-99% of the time.
So, I was dumbfounded that a caseworker would ignore a complaint from a police department. After all, this was not from some anonymous source, as many of its complaints are.
I was angry.
I called the Thompson-appointed DCFS Director Greg Coler (who served from 1979-83), demanding an investigation. He agreed.
Time passed and I eventually remembered that I had not heard back from Kolar.
I remember calling him from my office, an old auto dealership building on the southeast corner of Woodstock and Brink Streets across from Crystal Lake’s train station.
Yes, he had done an investigation.
I asked if the caseworker had been fired.
She hadn’t been.
“She’s the best caseworker we’ve got,” Coler told me.
It turns out that she had been given a promotion. She was supervising others.
I was incensed.