Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice

Illinois bill to raise penalties for assault on DCFS workers

Measures to increase penalties for assaults against Illinois Department of Child and Family Services employees that were spurred following a caseworker's death are seeing slow progress.

Republican Sen. Tim Bivins introduced a Senate bill in January that would make aggravated battery without a firearm a felony if it causes permanent disability or disfigurement to a DCFS worker, The State Journal-Register reported . The bill was revived last week and cleared a Senate subcommittee after lingering for months.

"I introduced Senate Bill 2272 to address the dangerous situations that Department of Children and Family Services employees often face when doing their...