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Budget restraints have halted drug testing of applicants for child-welfare jobs at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Budget restraints have halted drug testing of applicants for child-welfare jobs at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Drug screening was required for anyone seeking positions at DCFS or its private contractors that deal directly with children or families. But DCFS director Erwin McEwen (mik-YOO’-win) wrote in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that those tests stopped Nov. 18 after 10 months because of the budget crisis. McEwen spokesman Kendall Marlowe says the agency had tested 3,100 applicants. About 2 percent tested positive and didn’t get jobs. He says drug-testing will resume when money is available. ______ Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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