Chicago, IL – A task force that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich appointed to study the state's foster care system issued a report Monday, saying the Department of Children and Family Services should change its focus to help older, more troubled youths who are in the system longer.
And the man who chaired the task force now is in charge of the department. Blagojevich appointed Bryan Samuels to replace Jess McDonald, who stepped down last month after nine years.
Belleville, ILL. – Amidst debate this spring over medical malpractice insurance rates, one neurosurgeon in Illinois says Missouri's rates are better.
Dr. William Sprich is one of just three neurosurgeons in St. Clair County, Ill. He says he's moving to Missouri because the insurance is cheaper. Hospital officials in Belleville say the two remaining neurosurgeons will not be able to stay on call all the time, which will likely mean more airlifts to St. Louis hospitals.