New Laws Protecting Illinois Senior Citizens

August 09, 2012

new illinois laws for seniors Illinois seniors can rest assured that they will continue to be protected by the government. Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn continued his commitment to protecting Illinois seniors by signing several new laws to protect senior citizens on Saturday, July 28.

“Our seniors deserve our respect and protection against those who would take advantage of them,” said Governor Quinn. “Safeguarding seniors from exploitation and abuse will make our state stronger.”

The new laws will promote safety, increase oversight and accountability for caregivers and help authorities identify and respond to reports of abuse, exploitation and neglect for Chicago active adults. Below are a few laws that were passed by the General Assembly:

Sponsored by Representative Emily McAsey (D-Lockport) and Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields), House Bill 5653 allows a prosecutor to ask a court to freeze a defendant’s assets if he or she is charged with financial exploitation of an elderly person. This law will prevent defendants from spending stolen money or using stolen money to mount an expensive legal defense. This legislation was passed unanimously and goes into effect January 1.

The Senate Bill 3420 is sponsored by Senator Mike Jacobs (East Moline) and Representative John Bradley (D-Marion) and allows the owners of nursing homes to serve as representatives of residents to whom they are related. The law is effective immediately.

In addition, the House Bill 5134, sponsored by Representative Michael Unes (R-East Peoria) and Senator Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) amends the Nursing Home Care Act to formalize the informal dispute process between the Department of Public Health and nursing care facilities that occurs during state licensing and review. This law is effective immediately.

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