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Richard Calica, ex-DCFS director, dies of cancer

Monday, December 23, 2013
Ex-DCFS director reflects on fight to keep kids safe

Former DCFS director Richard Calica spoke exclusively with ABC7 about his life's work after revealing he has stage 4 cancer.

Richard Calica, the former director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, has died.

Calica led the department from December 2011 until last month. He resigned after being diagnosed with cancer.

Under Calica's leadership, DCFS reduced investigator caseloads and the number of backlogged cases.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn released a statement expressing his condolences. He called Calica "a true public servant and a dedicated advocate for our most vulnerable children."

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