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The Director of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), George Sheldon, will step down, effective June 15, 2017. The decision comes after Mr. Sheldon became involved in controversial issues. Mr. Sheldon is currently the subject of an inspector general’s ethics probe, facing allegations that a top Cook County aide misused her authority, and is also facing backlash after four DCFS investigations failed to find issues in the home of now-deceased 16-month-old Semaj Crosby.

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed DCFS General Counsel Lise Spacapan as interim director until a search for a suitable replacement is completed.

This was reported by Chicago Tribune on May 31, 2017.

Contact Information: Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, 406 East Monroe Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701; 217-524-2029; Website:

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