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.