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Attorney Levin Speaks out Against Recent Ombudsmen Cuts

Attorney Steven Levin of Levin & Perconti wrote a letter to the editor of the State Journal Register expressing his dismay at the recent budget cuts that have occurred. Levin is upset that funding for the Illinois Long-Term Care Ombudsmen would be cut by 19 percent. He stressed that the thousands of seniors living in Illinois nursing homes benefit greatly from the advocates as they are their eyes, ears and voices. An ombudsman is a resident advocate who can assist families when issues arise at a nursing home. The ombudsman identifies poor care or abuse when a resident does not have anyone else to advocate for them. The ombudsmen are the residents’ watchdogs and whistleblowers, unafraid to demand quality care and respect for every nursing home resident under their care. These budget cuts will likely mean that fewer voices will be raised and poor-quality care or elderly neglect will go unnoticed or unpunished. Levin asks that both Governor Pat Quinn and the Aging Director Charles Johnson reconsider this cut so that advocates can continue to serve as a voice for one of the most vulnerable populations in Illinois. To read the letter to the editor, please click the link.