Illinois state senators will hold a hearing in Chicago to examine different ways to improve safety at Illinois nursing homes where it appears that a high number of felons with mental illness have led to reports of assaults, rape and murder. Legislators will hear testimony from experts, government officials and the public in considering what laws we can strengthen and enforce to better improve nursing home safety. They are also set to discuss what measures could be taken to reverse Illinois’ reliance on nursing homes housing younger adults with mental illness and criminal records. Illinois state senator, Heather Steans stated that she is concerned that the mentally ill are creating safety hazards for Illinois nursing home residents and the community. To read more about the Illinois nursing home hearing, please click the link.