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House Republican Leader Jim Durkin calls on DCFS Director to resign

Another day, another contempt charge for DCFS Director Marc Smith as he and his agency under the direction of Governor JB Pritzker continue to fail vulnerable children. 


Marc Smith, the director of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), is being held in contempt of court for the ninth time.

This new order involves a 15-year-old boy who has been kept in a psychiatric hospital for more than two and a half months since he was ready to be discharged.

According to the cook county public guardian, the courts ordered DCFS that the boy be discharged to an appropriate placement by March 25.

As a result of this latest news and the a continued failure to immediately address the situation, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin called on Smith to resign, saying, “Governor Pritzker clearly isn’t bothered by a ninth contempt of court charge against DCFS Director Marc Smith and has done nothing about it – that is simply unacceptable. The Governor has had three and a half years to get this agency under control – he owns this ongoing tragedy. Since the Governor has failed to take action, I call on Director Smith to resign for the good of the children in this state who depend on DCFS.”

Pritzker is again burying his head in the sand as tragedies occur under his watch. After waiting months to push out former veterans affairs chief Linda Chapa LaVia because of her negligence in protecting our veterans at LaSalle Veterans Home, and his ongoing public support of Smith, it’s clear the Governor does not care about protecting our state’s most vulnerable populations.


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