Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith addresses reporters. [Hannah Meisel/The Daily Line]

The state’s beleaguered Department of Children and Family Services has been a problem area for many governors prior to Gov. JB Pritzker, who marks one year in office on Tuesday. But Pritzker’s first year in office has been marked by several tragedies, including several high-profile child deaths even after the agency had been in prior contact with the family.

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