Illinois Governor signs nursing home bill promoting resident safety

Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a bill that will keep nursing home residents safer by requiring criminal background checks for all current and incoming Illinois nursing home residents. The bill requires the state’s 1000 nursing homes to identify sex offenders and violent felons. The bill is an answer to rapes and beatings that have occurred throughout Illinois. In 2005, the Chicago Sun Times released an expose of sex offenders and parolees living in Illinois.

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Illinois is the first state requiring criminal background checks for admitted residents. The bill is needed in Illinois, which ranks second only to California in the number of known felons and sex offenders per resident. (70 known felons and sex offenders, out of the state’s 100,000 residents).

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