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Part 2 – Protests Continue in the Fight to Shut Down Alden Village North

Over the past 14 years, Alden Village North has repeatedly been in the news in regards to continued allegations of abuse and neglect to the children and young adults that reside at their facility.

Once the abuse and neglect of the residents of Alden Village North was brought to the attention of the state, Illinois lawmakers stepped in to try and rectify this problem, not only in Alden Village, but in facilities across the state. Several safeguards, including stiffer fines for poor care and fewer roadblocks to close non-compliant facilities have been enacted. To address Alden Village specifically, Governor Pat Quinn placed a state monitor in Alden Village and the federally backed company Equip for Equality began an investigation into the suspicious deaths of the residents.

In the Chicago Tribune’s recent follow-up article, it was discovered that regardless of any changes that were made, the facility has been cited for five more deaths that occurred between 2009 and 2013, all being subsequently reduced or the penalties dropped. There have also been at least 11 additional residents that have died since 2008; however no citations were given as a result of those deaths.

While many advocate groups for the disabled agree that positive changes have occurred within the facility, they still believe that the residents are not being properly treated and that Alden Village should be shut down for good. The activists staged a protest projecting their concerns in September of this year, and most recently this week. Many believe that the state failed to protect those residents when they promised to shut down the facility in 2011, and believe that the changes have not been enough and wants the state to take the steps necessary to successfully close the home.

In response to the protests, a spokesperson from the Illinois Department of Public Health issued a statement to Progress Illinois stating that:

“While the facility has been cited for violations over the past couple of years, the ultimate results of those violations did not rise to the level of license revocation. Health and safety conditions are currently found at the facility during its most recent inspections are improved compared to the facility’s substantial failure to comply with state regulations in 2008 and 2009 and license revocation is not currently being sought. However, if we do find the care, health and safety of residents is being compromised, the Department will consider the facility’s past record when determining disciplinary action.”

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