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Head of embattled Illinois child services agency to resign at year’s end

The director of the embattled Illinois Department of Children and Family Services said Wednesday that he will leave his post at the end of the year.

The upcoming departure of Marc D. Smith from the agency also known as DCFS was one of three announced Wednesday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Pritzker had named Smith as DCFS director in April 2019. Smith steered the agency during a tumultuous period in which a judge held him in contempt of court repeatedly for failing to adequately house children who had been placed in the department’s custody.

Pritzker also announced the appointment of Camile Lindsay, first assistant deputy governor on public safety, infrastructure, environment and energy, as director of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Whitehorn’s and Lindsay’s appointments require Senate confirmation.


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