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Watchdog Calls for Fixes to Child Welfare System

CHICAGO (AP) - A state watchdog is calling for fixes to Illinois' child welfare system following reports that a rising number of children are dying from abuse and neglect - some after being on the radar of case workers.

Denise Kane is inspector general for the Department of Children and Family Services.

The Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ radio report Kane is offering suggestions to improve child safety. She says there should be better coordination between police and DCFS and that child-welfare workers should work more evening shifts to interact more with families.   Kane says it's "insane" that DCFS doesn't have a liaison to the Chicago Police Department.

The news outlets found child deaths statewide caused by abuse or neglect hit a 30-year high in the 12-month period that ended June 30.

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