ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Chicago Tribune is reporting that more than half of Illinois day cares haven’t been inspected by the state.

The Tribune says 55 percent of the approximately 12,300 day care operations haven’t had visits from state inspectors during their current three-year license period.

The Tribune on Sunday reports that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has nearly 3,000 employees, but only 123 who are assigned to licensing.

The paper reports that caseloads for licensing workers often are double what they should be. The Tribune cites agency figures for its report.

State officials blame budget cuts and staffing shortages for their inspection failures.

Agency officials say they’re hiring four workers to reduce its background-check backlog and also plan to hire more licensing workers.


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