Sunday, October 18, 2009

Chicago Tribune’s Nursing Home Safety Report—Maple Crest, Belvidere

Below are photocopies of Chicago Tribune’s report on Maple Crest.  I suggest you contact the original website to clarify  the statements and terminology.  For the most part the Tribune is using required reporting from Illinois Public Health.  You may wish to update the report by clicking on the following and completing the necessary information at:

Click on the photocopy to enlarge.

Maple Crest 1 Maple Crest 2A

Maple Crest 3

Nursing homes safety reports-

Click on the  following and complete necessary information to obtain the report on your selected nursing home:  Nursing homes -

Or click on the nursing home label below and obtain the report for one of our local nursing home.

Nursing home dangers: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan demands reforms to protect seniors and the disabled from mentally ill felons

Chicago Tribune also provided a data base regarding the safety of individual nursing homes.  I will be posting the reports for individual nursing homes in Boone County.

Illinois relies on nursing homes to house mentally ill patients, including younger adults with criminal records who cycle into the facilities from jail cells, psychiatric wards and homeless shelters. Younger felons qualify for nursing homes if they have a mental illness or physical disability.

In a blistering letter to the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Madigan demanded beefed-up inspections and better data-keeping of criminal activity inside the homes. And she said the department must enlist the help of state police to immediately review the criminal history of every felon living in Illinois nursing homes.

Madigan's letter demanded that the health department perform a top-to-bottom audit of those assessment contracts. "The criminal history analysis and reports are untimely and incomplete and, as a result, are putting residents at risk," she wrote.

Read more details by clicking on the following:  Nursing home dangers: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan demands reforms to protect seniors and the disabled from mentally ill felons --

Smoke out tax cheaters --

a lot of untaxed cigarettes are being lit up in Cook County. Merriman estimates that about three of every four cigarettes smoked in Chicago come from packs that don't bear city tax stamps.

Retailers [in Cook County] are selling untaxed cigarettes right off their shelves.Tribune reporters recently visited about 40 stores. At six of those businesses, reporters bought packs of Newport cigarettes that didn't have city or county tax stamps.

buy in bulk, pay in cash and work special discounts from distributors, allowing her stores to price cigarettes more cheaply. She denied authorizing or buying cigarettes without the stamps.
But there were no stamps.

there are 26 investigators and 70,000 businesses.

city's take slid from about $32 million in 2006 to about $25 million in 2008 and is still dropping. At the county, revenue has plummeted from $203 million in 2006 to an estimated $163 million in 2009.

Click on the following for more details:  Smoke out tax cheaters --

Logan County restricts access to search warrants

central Illinois county where five family members were found slain in their home last month hasn't made any search warrants accessible to the public in at least a year, violating state law, officials say.

"What you've been exposed to (in Logan County) is what I call county search warrant voodoo," said Steven Beckett, a University of Illinois law professor. "The practice you're describing, that's from another land, not Illinois."

Click on the following to read this interesting story:  The Hawk Eye

Golf Cart Subsidies -

The golf-cart boom has followed an IRS ruling that golf carts qualify for the electric-car credit as long as they are also road worthy. These qualifying golf carts are essentially the same as normal golf carts save for adding some safety features, such as side and rearview mirrors and three-point seat belts. They typically can go 15 to 25 miles per hour.

The federal credit provides from $4,200 to $5,500 for the purchase of an electric vehicle, and when it is combined with similar incentive plans in many states the tax credits can pay for nearly the entire cost of a golf cart.

Click on the following for the rest of the story:  Golf Cart Subsidies -

Woodstock Project put up for auction

The property, which is roughly bordered by First Street on the north, Clay Street on the east, Newell Street on the south, and railroad tracks on the west, has a long history in Woodstock. It is best known, however, as the Woodstock Die Cast property… . a foreclosure judgment of about $4.725 million was entered earlier this year. Of that, about $4.3 million was principal, about $329,000 was interest, about $60,000 was taxes, and late charges accounted for about $5,198.

… the property is scheduled to be sold at 10 a.m. Thursday in Room 262 at the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

city …[obtained] the property in the 1980s through a water lien after Woodstock Die Cast vacated the property. The city was required to clean up the land to satisfy the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency before it could be developed. The city also acquired three neighboring properties as part of the redevelopment effort.  …All in all, the city’s cost was about $2.5 million….A tax increment financing district that includes much of downtown is being used to make the yearly $200,000 payment on bonds associated with the city’s cost


Click on the following for more detailsNorthwest Herald | Project put up for auction

in McHenry County


Last year, the Family Health Partnership Clinic logged about 7,800 patient visits, treating a fraction of the estimated 40,000 individuals in McHenry County who do not have health insurance or are underinsured.

The clinic is funded primarily through grants and donations – it receives no government funding. …clients … do pay some of the cost, based on a sliding scale according to their income

cost of health care itself is a complicated matter. Different rates are negotiated between health care systems and insurance companies, and uninsured individuals tend to face higher prices.

“People are choosing not to take care of themselves,”…. “What happens is they wind up in our emergency room sicker and worse off. So then the issue is magnified.”

Click on the following for more detailsNorthwest Herald | Uninsured in McHenry County