The Illinois Auditor General says a state agency that reviews child abuse claims missed a deadline to investigate cases nearly 900 times in 2012.
An audit showed 884 of roughly 65,000 allegations missed the 60-day deadline required for officials to investigate an abuse allegation. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports that’s up from 115 cases the previous year and is the biggest backlog since 2006.
A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services says 99.6 percent of cases had an investigation initiated within the 60-day window.
Still, auditor Bill Holland says death reviews were also tardy. About 70 percent of the death reviews in 2012 were conducted an average of 158 days after the close of an investigation, instead of the required 90 days.