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Afternoon Briefing: TEAACH Act enlightens students on Asian American history

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A former state child welfare caseworker was sentenced today to six months in jail and 30 months of probation for child endangerment in the case of AJ Freund, a 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy who was beaten to death in 2019.

Carlos Acosta also was ordered to contribute $1,000 to the McHenry County Children’s Advocacy Center and perform 200 hours of public service by Lake County Associate Judge George Stickland.

Acosta, a former McHenry County Board member, was convicted in October in what was believed to be the first successful prosecution of a child welfare worker in Illinois.

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Rachael Mahmood and her fifth graders, at Aurora’s Georgetown Elementary School on March 11, 2024, share what items they packed into a book bag to help think about what they would take with them if they had to flee as refugees. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune)

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