Nursing homes protest targets Comstock, industry leaders

Ongoing nursing home negotiations stopped yesterday when lobbyist Pat Comstock left the room in tears after learning about a protest aimed at her and other industry leaders.

Rich Miller of The Capitol Fax Blog wrote:>

The Community Renewal Society showed up at the office of the Health Care Council of Illinois and denounced the lobbyists allegedly blocking nursing home reforms. They carried two small, mock "caskets" draped in black, which they said "represents people in nursing homes that are dying every day."

The protesters also denounced HCCI lobbyist Pat Comstock, who was attending a negotiating session about nursing home reform legislation during the event. When word reached Comstock, witnesses say she burst into tears at the personal nature of the attacks and left the talks, announcing that she might not be back today, either.

Full Disclosure: Community Renewal Society is the publisher of The Chicago

The protesters focused on Comstock and industry leader Terry Sullivan because advocates say they lack commitment to increase staffing levels. Other outstanding issues include the fines and penalties for violations.

The negotiations resumed today.

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Seniors affiliated with the Community Renewal Society used these coffins to protest at nursing home industry leaders' offices. The seniors said inadequate staffing causes unnecessary deaths. Photo Courtesy of the Senior Action Network of the Community Renewal Society.

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