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Time runs out for ban on locked seclusion and face-down restraints in Illinois schools; advocates vow to try again

Time runs out for ban on locked seclusion and face-down restraints in Illinois schools; advocates vow to try again

This story is a collaboration between the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica. Illinois lawmakers had the support to ban schools from locking students alone in a room or physically restraining them face down. But they didn’t have the time. Advertisement A yearlong legislative effort to end decades of controversial practices that often left confined children crying for their parents and tearing at the walls ended without a vote in the Illinois House on Wednesday as the legislative session expired. The bill had unanimously passed the Senate on Tuesday and was on track for a concurrence vote in the...

Jan 14
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Bill Banning Locked Seclusion and Face-Down Restraints in Illinois Schools Stalls as Lawmakers Run Out of Time

Bill Banning Locked Seclusion and Face-Down Restraints in Illinois Schools Stalls as Lawmakers Run Out of Time

Children Locked Away in Illinois SchoolsProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.Illinois lawmakers had the support to ban schools from locking students alone in a room or physically restraining them face down. But they didn’t have the time.A yearlong legislative effort to end decades of controversial practices that often left confined children crying for their parents and tearing at the walls ended without a vote in the Illinois House on Wednesday as the legislative session expired.The bill had unanimously passed...

Jan 14
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Judges Are Locking Up Children for Noncriminal Offenses Like Repeatedly Disobeying Their Parents and Skipping School

Judges Are Locking Up Children for Noncriminal Offenses Like Repeatedly Disobeying Their Parents and Skipping School

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This story was co-published with Bridge Michigan.In Michigan, judges have sent children to locked detention centers for refusing to take medication or failing to attend online class. For testing positive for using marijuana. For repeatedly disobeying their parents.Even as other states move toward reforms focused on keeping nonviolent juvenile offenders in the community, Michigan continues to lock up children for minor transgressions that aren’t actually crimes: technical...

Dec 23
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Judges Are Locking Up Children for Noncriminal Offenses Like Repeatedly Disobeying Their Parents and Skipping School

Judges Are Locking Up Children for Noncriminal Offenses Like Repeatedly Disobeying Their Parents and Skipping School

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This story was co-published with Bridge Michigan.In Michigan, judges have sent children to locked detention centers for refusing to take medication or failing to attend online class. For testing positive for using marijuana. For repeatedly disobeying their parents.Even as other states move toward reforms focused on keeping nonviolent juvenile offenders in the community, Michigan continues to lock up children for minor transgressions that aren’t actually crimes: technical...

Dec 22
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Grenades, Bread and Body Bags: How Illinois Has Spent $1.6 Billion in Response to COVID-19 So Far

Grenades, Bread and Body Bags: How Illinois Has Spent $1.6 Billion in Response to COVID-19 So Far

ProPublica Illinois is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to get about our work.This story is a collaboration between ProPublica Illinois and the Chicago Tribune.to — the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois has been costly.As of Oct. 1, state agencies reported spending more than $1.6 billion in federal and state funds on COVID-19, with purchases that range from predictable items like face masks to more unexpected expenditures, such as sliced bread and sporks.In the first comprehensive analysis of the state’s COVID-19 spending, ProPublica Illinois and the Chicago...

Oct 22
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Illinois Has Had COVID-19 Outbreaks in 44 Schools but Won’t Say Where They’ve Occurred

Illinois Has Had COVID-19 Outbreaks in 44 Schools but Won’t Say Where They’ve Occurred

The U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica Illinois is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to get about our work.This story is a collaboration between ProPublica Illinois and the Chicago Tribune.Nearly two months into the school year, Illinois public health officials said they have verified COVID-19 outbreaks in at least 44 school buildings across the state, but they declined to say where those cases occurred and acknowledged they may not know the full scope of the virus’s spread in schools.Unlike many other states, Illinois doesn’t publish the number of cases...

Oct 9
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Case Closed: Michigan Judge Removes Grace, Black Teen Jailed for Not Doing Online Schoolwork, From Probation

Case Closed: Michigan Judge Removes Grace, Black Teen Jailed for Not Doing Online Schoolwork, From Probation

The U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica Illinois is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to get about our work.This story was co-published with the Detroit Free Press and Bridge Magazine.A Michigan family court judge on Tuesday terminated the probation and closed the case of Grace, the teenager whose detention drew national scrutiny after .The 15-year-old girl had been sent to a juvenile facility amid the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-May for violating her probation when she didn’t do her online schoolwork. She was on probation for charges last year of assault against...

August 11, 2020
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After Controversy, Heartland to Close Four Illinois Shelters for Immigrant Youth

After Controversy, Heartland to Close Four Illinois Shelters for Immigrant Youth

Eight months after its shelters for immigrant children came under public scrutiny over allegations of abuse and lax supervision, Heartland Human Care Services says it will close four shelters in suburban Chicago and add staff, training and other resources at its remaining five facilities. The decision, announced to employees in a memo Friday, comes as another agency, Maryville Academy, plans to open two additional shelters, including one as early as next month. Heartland officials told ProPublica Illinois they plan to move children out of its four shelters in Des Plaines between now and...

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July 27, 2019
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