WGIL News Audio: 7am News, Sports and Obits click HERE | For the latest WGIL news click HERE

New Illinois Laws Target Senior Care Complaints

WGIL Newsroom . State News 197

QuinnCHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed two pieces of legislation giving seniors and the disabled greater access to people who can address complaints about their care or their living conditions.

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman program is designed to help people living in nursing homes. A measure Quinn signed Monday expands ombudsman rights and protections to people in community-based care.

It was sponsored by Democrats Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago and Rep. Naomi Jakobsson of Urbana. It takes effect Jan. 1.

The governor also signed legislation allowing people with complaints about nursing homes to submit them electronically to the Illinois Department of Public Health. That law takes effect immediately and was sponsored by Rep. Michael Unes, a Pekin Republican, and Sen. Julie Morrison, a Deerfield Democrat.

Tags:

All AP stories are Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

The following provision applies to all visitors (which shall include persons and representatives of legal entities, whether such representatives are persons or digital engines of a kind that crawls, indexes, scrapes, copies, stores or transmits digital content). By accessing this Web site or digital service, you specifically acknowledge and agree that: (i) Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium; (ii) No Associated Press materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and non-commercial use; (iii) The Associated Press will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing; (iv) The Associated Press is an intended third party beneficiary of these terms and conditions and it may exercise all rights and remedies available to it; and (v) The Associated Press reserves the right to audit possible unauthorized commercial use of AP materials or any portion thereof at any time.