Pritzker orders 'urgent review' of 1,100 DCFS open cases, additional reforms

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he is committed to overhauling the state's child welfare agency, and he vows to allocate more resources to fix problems highlighted in a newly released report​.

During a new conference on Wednesday, Pritzker said reforming the Department of Children and Family Services was among his administration's highest priorities.

Pritzker ordered an "urgent review" of more than 1,100 open cases that involve young children.

"I wish I could stand up here and say that there's a quick fix, that we have the magic potion that will instantly undo years of systematic issues and will suddenly make this all right, but urgency is required" Pritzker said. "We have the opportunity right now to make dramatic improvements in how DCFS functions."

The governor also called for an eight-person team to immediately review child deaths that occur during an open investigation or when the family has an extensive history with the department.

Expanded training and retraining programs are also planned for child welfare workers statewide. A new DCFS training center is slated to open in Chicago next month.