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Illinois Nursing Homes House Unregistered Sex Offenders

Under Illinois law, families researching nursing homes are directed to search a state police Web site for critical information about sex offenders living in the nursing home. However, with only 59 of the 192 sex offenders in Illinois nursing homes listed on that registry, the research may be frivolous. The Chicago Tribune reported that the shortfall is most visible in Chicago nursing homes where fewer than one in five sex offenders in nursing homes were posted on the police Web site. The problem occurs because of a specific gap in the law. Although some sex offenders can remain dangerous for decades if unmonitored and untreated, many are no longer required to register with police if their convictions or final parole dates occurred more than 10 years ago. Also, state investigators have documented more than a dozen instances since 2007 in which nursing homes have failed to notify local law enforcement that they housed a convicted sex offender as required by law, or failed to implement care plans to monitor and treat sex offenders inside the facilities. The greatest problem occurs when the sex offenders physically abuse the nursing home residents. Last year, state health inspectors cited the Asta Care Center of Elgin for failing to inform authorities of a sexual predator. An 80 year old sex offender was not closely monitored in Asta Care Center in Bloomington. To read more about sex offenders in nursing homes, please click the link.