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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - An Illinois bill would look to help provide support for the family of a DCFS worker who is killed while on the job. 

Senate Bill 3197, filed by State Sen. Doris Turner (D-Springfield), would extend the Public Safety and Police Benefits Act, which as of today makes health insurance benefits available to the spouse and children under 18 of a law enforcement officer when they are killed in the line of duty. The extension would apply that assistance to DCFS workers, giving those benefits to their survivors. 

Turner's office said the bill would make this change retroactive for one year to ensure the family of Deidre Silas, who was killed in a stabbing during a response to a Thayer home earlier in January, can receive the benefits. 

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