Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring public schools to allow parents to administer medical marijuana at school to eligible children.

Organizations in five communities throughout Illinois will divide $11.5 million to help treat children suffering from mental health problems. 

Programs that help babies and young children and their low-income families in suburban Chicago are getting nearly $3 million.

More than 60 children aged 15 or younger have been shot in Chicago this year.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says that 66 of the more than 2,300 migrant children separated from their families at the border in recent weeks under President Donald Trump's ''zero tolerance" policy are in Chicago area shelters.

Police say seven people were wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting at a child's birthday party in suburban Chicago.

New data from the University of Illinois' expanded background-checks policy show that the school withdrew 35 job offers across three campuses last year.

University of Illinois officials say they can't provide legal help to students affected by changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but that they'll try to connect them with lawyers.

Federal officials say they're providing free summer meals for school children at numerous sites across Illinois. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that there will be a kickoff event for the program on June 23 at a Chicago city park. 

A state audit finds children in the care of Illinois' welfare system are being housed in psychiatric hospitals and shelters hundreds of days longer than necessary because of the difficulty of finding placements in foster care.

Governor Bruce Rauner says the welfare of youth will be the cornerstone of a new state collaboration.

He signed an executive order creating the "Children's Cabinet" today at a school in Riverton, which is just outside of Springfield.

Riverton Superintendent Lance Thurman says the district takes a holistic approach to education. It has partnerships with a daycare, and offers lunch to needy kids in the summer when school's out.

Thurman says it's encouraging to see the state embrace that mindset.

Illinois’ child welfare agency wants to do a better job taking care of its most troubled kids, and they have a plan.  

An Illinois woman convicted of child endangerment in the 2003 drowning deaths of her three children, is fighting a state agency's decision to take away the three children she has had since serving five years in prison after her conviction.  

University of Illinois

One program caught in the middle of the Illinois budget stalemate is the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).  On July first, the Illinois Department of Human Services instituted new rules for C-CAP that have deeply cut the subsidies available for the program.  U of I Economics professor Elizabeth Powers recently co-authored an op-ed for Crain’s Chicago Business discussing the impact of these changes on both parents and child care providers.  She talked with IPR’s Brian Moline about C-CAP.

Illinois’ treasurer says the state is advancing a plan to create special bank accounts for the parents of children with autism or who have disabilities.

A gun range in suburban Chicago is teaching children how to shoot pistols.  The class for kids at GAT Guns in East Dundee started about a year ago. 

New state DCFS interim director

Jan 19, 2015

The state agency charged with protecting vulnerable Illinois children has a new interim director Monday. But she faces many problems.

Illinois not seeing spread of rare respiratory illness

Sep 17, 2014

Illinois was one of the first states to see cases of a previously rare respiratory illness that has taken a particular toll on children. The state hasn't seen it spread since then, at least according to official figures. 

Lawmakers question state DCFS on abuse cases

Jan 13, 2014

More Illinois children are dying from abuse or neglect.  And Monday - Illinois state senators once again asked the state’s child welfare agency what’s being done about it.  

Resource center opens for Gifford recovery

Nov 26, 2013

Residents in the Champaign County town of Gifford are getting additional help after last week’s tornado.  Officials opened a resource center that offers a single destination for donated items and access to social service agencies. As parents take advantage of these services, children are also getting extra help.