The Attorney General of Illinois, Lisa Madigan, announced yesterday that investigators have discovered 124 active arrest warrants among nursing home staff in Illinois. In the recent attempt to crack down on nursing home abuse and neglect, Madigan announced that these warrants were discovered. In an effort to curb non-compliance, the staffs' histories were revealed. Madigan expressed concern for the sad fact that these staff members are entrusted with caring for the elderly and sick in our communities.
Furthermore, problems were found among the residents. Madigan announced on September 10 that nine residents were found to have outstanding arrest warrants themselves, four residents were arrested, and one resident who was reported as a missing person was discovered.
The success of the current raids is clearly evidence that the state of Illinois is cracking down on nursing homes, yet the results are terrifying. Madigan vowed to continue the Illinois nursing home raids until problems among the sick and elderly in our communities' care facilities subside.
Claimsjournal.com, 124 with Arrest Warrants Found in Illinois Nursing Homes, Sept. 22, 2010.