DCFS director announces she’ll leave agency after Rauner inauguration

dcfsCHICAGO (AP) — The acting director of the Department of Children and Family Services told a packed legislative hearing Wednesday morning that she is leaving the troubled agency Jan. 19.

Gregg announced her departure at a Chicago hearing investigating conditions at the state’s roughly 50 residential treatment facilities, which were the focus of the Tribune’s recent “Harsh Treatment” investigation.

Reporters found hundreds of cases of physical and sexual abuse and thousands of runaway incidents among residents from 2011 through 2013.

In her testimony, Gregg called the newspaper’s findings “appalling and unacceptable” and said she hoped they would drive systemic changes to protect many of the state’s most disadvantaged children.

Lance Trover, a spokesman for Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner, said in an email that Rauner “is committed to a transformation at the Department of Children and Family Services and will work closely with the General Assembly to ensure we protect our most vulnerable residents.”

Gregg said she is DCFS’ seventh director in the past three years