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Nursing Home Sweeps Find Outstanding Warrants

Officials swept two Chicago-area nursing homes for felons with outstanding arrest warrants and identified 18 residents wanted on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to burglary to assault. The raids involved 20 federal marshals and Cook County sheriff’s police were initiated by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Five people were arrested, including a sex offender wanted in another state for failing to register. In three cases, the residents were too sick to be taken into custody, and the other warrants were not immediately enforceable because they were issued in other jurisdictions. Authorities examined records for Somerset Place on the North Side and discovered three residents with outstanding warrants. The number of felons known to be living in Illinois nursing homes has grown as the state increasingly relied on nursing homes to house younger psychiatric patients. Many of these patients have criminal records. To read the full sweep story, please click the link.