New nursing home concern: unregistered sex offenders

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In the last year we found out that area senior citizens are living in nursing homes that are understaffed and occupied by sex offenders. A new report shows that there are many unregistered sex offenders living at these homes as well, and the state appears to have cut back on its sweeps to get them out.

Despite requirements for sex offenders to register on the state's online registry, less than 33 percent of Illinois' nearly 200 sex offenders in the state's nursing homes have done so, according to the latest installation of the Chicago Tribune's ongoing series, Compromised Care.

"The shortfall is especially acute in Chicago, where fewer than one in five sex offenders in nursing homes were posted on the state police Web site," according to the article authored by David Jackson and Gary Marx.

A Chicago Reporter analysis of the Tribune's data found that a disproportionate amount of these offenders live in homes where a majority of the residents are black.

Gov. Pat Quinn has convened a task force on safety to address the issue, and state legislators have held a pair of hearings. But David Terry of the Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog  said the Illinois State Police appear to have stopped conducting sweeps of nursing homes that rid the facilities of offenders.

What should be done to protect seniors? 

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