In "Fostering Frustration," Burnett and Orrick write about why the state's foster children, particularly those in the Chicago suburbs have a high likelihood of changing homes numerous times. The series paints a vivid picture of the toll that these moves take on children, families and state workers. The reporters found that frequent moves are an unintended consequence of performance contracts that determine which placement center will handle each child's case.
The award, which includes a $3,000 cash grant, is named in memory of the late Hal Hovey, a dedicated public official, meticulous scholar, tireless reporter and constructive critic of state and local government who died in 1999 after a 30-year career that included major contributions to both journalism and public service at all levels.
More about the award, including descriptions of the other finalists and a link to the winning series, can be found at Governing.com.