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Director of DCFS resigns due to cancer

After almost two years of service director of DCFS Richard Calica leaves his position to take care of his illness.
CHICAGO- Richard Calica, the director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) resigned from his position due to being diagnosed with cancer.

Governor Par Quinn gave the announcement today while also letting constituents know that DCFS Chief of Staff Denise Gonzales will become the new director.

“This has been the most exciting and rewarding time of my career in child welfare. The reforms that we’ve put in place will maximize this agency’s ability to ensure the safety of children who are at risk of abuse and neglect for years to come,” Calica said in a statement.

Calica has served as director of DCFS since December 2011. Under his leadership, DCFS added 138 new investigators to the frontlines, reducing caseloads from as high as 20 to nine per investigator.

“My prayers are with Director Calica and his family during this very difficult time,” Governor Quinn said. “He always put the safety of our most vulnerable children first. We are deeply grateful for his dedicated public service, which has saved countless lives.”

Director Calica will work with the agency’s leadership to transition over the upcoming days.
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