Tag: Jacqueline Collins

Mortgage fraud bill stiffens penalties, boosts fees and fines

Mortgage fraud bill stiffens penalties, boosts fees and fines
Tweaks to Illinois’ 1987 Residential Mortgage License Act, signed into law last week by Gov. Pat Quinn, will give the state’s regulatory department more resources to combat shady mortgage lenders who engage in fraud, according to the bill’s supporters. Under the new law–HB4521–mortgage lenders looking to become licensed will have to pay $657 more, or... Read more »

Closing time in Springfield: Human trafficking bill passes, foreclosure fraud and criminal records bills stall; campaign finance and early release bills moving forward

Closing time in Springfield: Human trafficking bill passes, foreclosure fraud and criminal records bills stall; campaign finance and early release bills moving forward
Lawmakers in Springfield have their hands full this week as they wrap up the spring session. Designing a new budget, crafting pension and Medicaid reform and a compromise on gambling legislation are all topics that have seized headlines in recent weeks and months. During that time, The Chicago Reporter has had its eye on a... Read more »

Will Illinois lawmakers reform nursing home care?

Some area politicians hope so. Two recent investigations by The Chicago Reporter and the Chicago Tribune pointed to racial disparities and safety concerns in area nursing homes A joint hearing of the Illinois Senate’s Public Health and Human Services committees will be held tomorrow, Nov. 5 in room 16-503 of the Thompson Center in Chicago.... Read more »
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The background on Alden Nursing Home Meeting

  This May protest contributed to a July 24 meeting between elected officials, public health leaders and a representative from Alden Management Services. Photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune. You don’t always get to see concrete results from your work in journalism, so it’s rewarding when that happens. This story began in early May when 84-year-old... Read more »

Alden Management Promises Changes in Meeting with Elected Officials

A representative from Alden Management Services promised capital improvements to two of its majority-black nursing homes and outreach to area churches, but did not pledge to hire additional staff in a meeting Friday with elected officials and Illinois Department of Public Health leaders. Senator Jacqueline Collins, Rep. Andre Thapedi and Ald. Freddrenna Lyle, Illinois Department of Public Health Director... Read more »