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CULTURE OF CRUELTY

State-run facilities in Illinois are supposed to care for people with mental and developmental disabilities. But patients have been subjected to abuse, neglect and staff misconduct for decades, despite calls for change. Capitol News Illinois' Beth Hundsdorfer joined with Molly Parker of Lee Enterprises Midwest and Propublica beginning in 2021 to launch the "Culture of Cruelty" investigation into the state-run Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in southern Illinois.

Health care workers who cover up patient abuse face stiffer penalties under new law Health care workers who cover up patient abuse face stiffer penalties under new law

Health care workers who cover up patient abuse face stiffer penalties under new law

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill into law on Friday that strengthens the range of penalties that a state watchdog can mete out for health care employees who conspire to hide abuse or interfere with investigations by the state police or internal oversight bodies.

Surprise and unanswered questions after state announces changes at Choate Surprise and unanswered questions after state announces changes at Choate

Surprise and unanswered questions after state announces changes at Choate

Families of patients at Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center, along with workers and community leaders, reacted with concern after the state’s announcement this week that it plans to relocate more than 120 residents from the troubled state-run facility in southern Illinois.

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