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A Land Grab in the 8th Ward?: It Appears That the Alderman is Selling Out the Pill Hill Community

Posted by Admin On April - 23 - 2018 Comments Off on A Land Grab in the 8th Ward?: It Appears That the Alderman is Selling Out the Pill Hill Community

27th Ward Alderman said Alderman Harris doesn’t have to answer to the community…really?

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

Proposed site for 7 story low income senior housing projectThere were 12 plus speakers from the 8th Ward who made firm, challenging presentations at the Chicago Development Committee meeting April 19th in City Hall against a proposed low income Section 8 Senior housing coming to the Ward.

Nonetheless, 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. took it upon himself (he doesn’t live in the 8th Ward or the Pill Hill area) to rudely interrupt a community speaker while she had the floor. No apology came from the 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris. 27th Ward Ald. Burnett stated that Harris  does not have to answer to the community. Say What? Really? Maybe if she is defeated in the next election, February 26, 2019, that statement will play itself out.

27th Ward residents would be wise to question Burnett’s mannerism and tactics if they think of him as a leader. How can someone in the 27th Ward feel that they can make decisions about what is best for the 8th Ward? When he offered to take the building in his ward he got shouted down by the audience, telling him to “take it!”

Interesting enough though, there were 12 plus people there who opposed the project, stating that they lived in the affected area where the proposed low-income senior housing project will be built; and a few others that wanted the $38-million, 134 unit, 7 Story building to come into the ward, never made known where they lived (if they did) in the area even after being asked. Obviously, they didn’t live in the area. One man mentioned that he built a $250,000 property next to the low-income housing on East 78th Street and claimed that his property value went up.  Not sure how that’s possible when homes in the area go for a lot less now. A visit to any real estate site will reveal this.

Realtor.com states in a “Property Overview” that the median sales price for the Far Southeast Side area is $76,000. The $114,077 estimated value is 3.73% less than the median listing price of $118,500 for the Far Southeast Side area.

Nearby schools include Avalon Park Elementary School, Shabazz International Charter Schools and Hirsch Metropolitan High School.  That is certainly no comparison to Pill Hill homes that go for twice that amount and is in a much more desirable area.

During one of the meetings, it was mentioned that the property values can go down for those owning properties in the area, and that crime and taxes increase when you build such structures nearby.

Have you ever noticed that there is always a lust for land near highways and waterways? Think about it! And certainly, it’s not hard to figure out why South Shore property is in demand and being bought up for pennies on the dollar. That huge lot on Stony Island Ave. (9329 to 9429) where the senior home is proposed to be built was sold for a mere $800,000 but is worth much more now. Try buying that much land up on the North side near a major highway (if you can find one), and see the difference in cost.

In a meeting where 8th Ward staff attended, community activist Marcel Bright asked about a marketing study that was done about the area which allegedly showed a need for low income senior housing. To date, he, nor anyone else affiliated with the Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward has been provided a copy of the study. It was also said by an audience member that all of the land being grabbed up by developers today was mostly in black communities.

While the battle continues to save the 8th Ward from negative influence, it is obvious that those who don’t live in the community are trying to buy up and sell-out the community in an effort to eventually force people out with more crime and rising property taxes.

Why the Pill Hill community? Why now?  All of these going-on, and the 8th Ward Alderman has yet to meet with residents that would be most affected by this project.

The Chicago Plan Commission, consisting mostly of Caucasians, made a decision about a black community they do not know anything about or live in the area. Yet, they are strongly supporting the development being imposed on Pill Hill residents and their community.

Linda Hudson, a candidate for alderman in the 8th Ward, made some valid points that were somewhat unsettling, including that the 8th Ward alderman’s organization had taken donations from the developer who wants to build the low-income senior housing project in a business district, and that the zoning would have to be changed to B3-3! That opens the door for other like businesses to set up shop on Stony Island Ave.

What the 8th Ward Alderman is doing is contributing to the decline of the Black Community in Chicago, allowing land to be sold to non-black developers. She is taking away the hope of young blacks looking to stay in the community and build their businesses on Stony Island. Blacks are being excluded from the recovering job market in an attempt to force them to the South where all of a sudden there is plenty of work for them. It’s called reverse migration.

Unfortunately, the 8th Ward and 27th Ward Aldermen do not have the leadership skills and abilities, nor do they have the experience or economics background to understand how all of this can play out in the end. Their lack of experience or knowledge is just plain ignorance and is costing the community in a big way. What was obvious to me and others was that after the meeting those in the crowd felt that the 8th Ward needs a new Alderman. “It’s time for change!,” they said.

To be continued:
Zoning board meeting is May 9, at 10:00 am
City Council Chambers
City Hall, 2nd. Floor

Elect Linda Hudson for 8th Ward Alderman


Haitian Civil Rights Organizations Join NAACP and LDF in TPS Lawsuit

Posted by Admin On April - 23 - 2018 Comments Off on Haitian Civil Rights Organizations Join NAACP and LDF in TPS Lawsuit
 BALTIMORE, MD – The NAACP, the nation’s premier grassroots civil rights organization, filed an amended complaint in its ongoing lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for its decision to rescind the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian immigrants. Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR) and the Haitian Lawyers’ Association (HLA) have now joined the lawsuit. The plaintiffs are represented by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF).  

 The lawsuit claims that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), former Acting DHS Secretary Elaine C. Duke, and current DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielson discriminated against Haitian immigrants with TPS, in violation of the Fifth Amendment.

 “The current administration has made public hostility toward immigrants of color a point of pride,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. “The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind TPS status for Haitian immigrants is clearly an extension of that attitude and an example of the consequences of prejudice applied to policy. The NAACP welcomes the expertise and solidarity of HWHR and HLA in this lawsuit, as we persist in the protection of our Haitian members and in the pursuit of justice for immigrant communities.”  

  “The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind TPS for Haitian immigrants was based on their race and ethnicity,” said Samuel Spital, LDF’s Director of Litigation. “Our Constitution unequivocally prohibits any government action infected by such racial discrimination. Every person is equal before the law, and the court must condemn this Administration for its intentional discriminatory practices.” 

“The Haitian Lawyers Association decided to join this critical lawsuit because the decision to terminate TPS is unsubstantiated particularly given the fact that the conditions in Haiti that gave rise to the original January 2010 TPS designation continue to exist,” said Pedro Gassant, HLA President. “We believe that this lawsuit has merit and painstakingly details the factual and legal arguments as to why the Administration’s decision to terminate TPS for Haitian nationals is unlawful.”
“Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees provides support to hundreds of families who seek refuge in the U.S.,” said Ninaj Raoul of HWHR. “The Department of Homeland Security’s decision is a brutally cruel blow to those who have found safety in the United States after facing natural and man-made disasters in Haiti. We vehemently oppose of the Department’s stance and we are proud to join NAACP, LDF, and HLA in seeking a solution in the courts.” 

Read the full amended complaint here. 

Urban League Leaders: Starbucks and Philadelphia Police Must Address Bias, Profiling

Posted by Admin On April - 23 - 2018 Comments Off on Urban League Leaders: Starbucks and Philadelphia Police Must Address Bias, Profiling

Marc H. Morial, National Urban League President and CEO and Andrea Custis, Urban League of Philadelphia President and CEO, today issued the following statement regarding Thursday’s incident at Starbuck’s:

“We are encouraged by the ongoing public dialogue surrounding the incident of apparent racial profiling by a Starbucks employee and the police officers who responded. We commend CEO Kevin Johnson for meeting with the men involved, and Mayor Jim Kenney for his quick and thoughtful response.

“We implore Mr. Johnson and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross not to squander this opportunity to foster greater understanding and cooperation among communities.  The patrons of Starbucks who recorded this incident, and who stridently protested as it was happening clearly understood immediately the racial implications that the store employees and responding officers appeared not to understand. This failure of policy and training needs to be addressed at once.

“We stand ready to assist Starbucks and the Philadelphia Police as they look for ways to identify and address implicit bias, racial profiling and incident de-escalation.”


Federal Court Ruling Affirms Chicago’s Welcoming City Policies, Strikes Another Blow to Administration’s Anti-Immigrant Agemda

Posted by Admin On April - 23 - 2018 Comments Off on Federal Court Ruling Affirms Chicago’s Welcoming City Policies, Strikes Another Blow to Administration’s Anti-Immigrant Agemda


CHICAGO, IL – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that the Department of Justice cannot legally withhold law enforcement funding from cities that have refused to enlist their local police in federal immigration enforcement. The court upheld a federal district court’s nationwide injunction in the case.

“We are glad to see the appellate court reaffirm that local communities get to decide the best strategies for promoting public safety without being coerced into fulfilling this administration’s immoral immigration agenda,” said NIJC Associate Director of Litigation Mark Fleming, who along with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case. “Our communities are safer when everyone feels they can go to the police for help, rather than fear that any interaction with the police will result in deportation and family separation.”

The City of Chicago sued the U.S. Department of Justice in August 2017 after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he would cut federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program funding to “sanctuary” cities that refuse to honor immigration detainers, warrantless requests made by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to local law enforcement agencies to hold individuals for 48 hours beyond when they normally would be released from local custody. At issue was Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance, which limits the city’s police from detaining and transferring individuals over to ICE for civil immigration violations.

The unanimous decision, by a three-judge panel comprised of all Republican appointees, emphasizes that the core issue at hand, and one of utmost importance, is separation of powers. The court states, “If the Executive Branch can determine policy, and then use the power of the purse to mandate compliance with that policy by the state and local governments, all without the authorization or even acquiescence of elected legislators, that check against tyranny is forsaken.”

This decision follows similar victories in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

Link to this statement online at: http://immigrantjustice.org/press-releases/federal-court-ruling-affirms-chicagos-wecloming-city-policies-strikes-another-blow

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is a nongovernmental organization dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through a unique combination of direct services, policy reform, impact litigation and public education. Visit immigrantjustice.org and follow @NIJC.

State Education Board Backs up Charges that Emanuel’s Hand-Picked School Bosses Shortchanged Special Education

Posted by Admin On April - 23 - 2018 Comments Off on State Education Board Backs up Charges that Emanuel’s Hand-Picked School Bosses Shortchanged Special Education


Bombshell findings back up charges by teachers, parents, grassroots activists that mayor’s school execs wrongly denied services to schoolchildren, undermined parents and educators seeking help for students.


CHICAGO, IL – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s hand-picked school executives denied special education services to thousands of students, according the Illinois State Board of Education, which announced its findings at a public hearing today based on months of testimony and evidence-gathering from teachers, parents, clinicians and advocates.

“ISBE’s bombshell findings affirm what our rank and file members have been documenting about this disaster for two years,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey. “Thanks to the excellent investigative work of local reporters, we know that the motivation behind CPS’ changes to special education policy was based on one overarching goal: to cut costs, no matter how catastrophic the consequences for our students. The evidence is damning and overwhelming – and clearly demonstrates once again that this mayor and his minions are unfit to serve as the bosses of this school system.”

Disgraced former CPS CEO Forrest Claypool paid politically connected contractors $14 million – roughly half of the $29 million in cuts that he made to special education during the same period – to do work that included rewriting policies and retooling the process by which parents and educators seek SPED services for students in need. Claypool’s SPED cuts dovetailed with hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts in the last six years that have driven staff shortfalls — including of social workers, teaching assistants, clinicians and school nurses who play central roles in the provision of special education services.

Emanuel tapped Claypool, one of his closest political allies, to run CPS after the previous CEO was forced out in the wake of a multi-million dollar contract kickback scheme – and Claypool defended his new SPED policies virtually until the day he, too, was forced out for ethics failings.

Claypool’s scheme resulted in the deployment of draconian and byzantine new procedures that delayed and denied services for thousands of public schoolchildren in need, according to ISBE findings and testimony and evidence from teachers, clinicians, parents and advocates.

“These findings are a victory for special education students,” said Sharkey, who argues that the data ISBE gathered represents the tip of the iceberg. “Some educators and parents couldn’t make the hearings, and others were, frankly, intimidated about testifying out of fear of retaliation on the job or against their children. ISBE’s recommendations move us in the right direction, but we will have to continue our fight to win all of the improvements that CPS students deserve.”

Teachers, school nurses, clinicians and parents joined allies that include Access Living, Equip for Equality, the Ounce of Prevention Fund, Parents 4 Teachers, Raise Your Hand and the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, as well as disability rights attorney Matt Cohen, to expose failings in Emanuel’s SPED policies. Now advocates will need to keep the pressure on CPS to ensure that students get the services – and the justice – they deserve. The CTU charges that next steps must include removing Emanuel’s control over CPS’ top executives and rubber stamp board, which the mayor also appoints.

“We need accountability, transparency and responsible oversight of our public schools – and that only comes with democratic control of the school board,” said Sharkey. “It’s high time we ended the mayor’s disastrous control of our schools and his willful criminal indifference to the well-being of our students, by giving Chicagoans what our residents have demanded for years: an elected, representative school board.”

OP-ED: I Say No to a Starbucks Boycott

Posted by Admin On April - 23 - 2018 Comments Off on OP-ED: I Say No to a Starbucks Boycott

By Jerroll Sanders

Jerroll Sanders

Starbucks has proven to be one of America’s most responsible corporate citizens. In 2014 following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, by Officer Darren Wilson, then Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz took action when other corporations remained silent.

Starbucks launched its national “Race Together” campaign that encouraged Starbucks’ baristas (workers) to write “race together” on customer coffee cups to spur conversations about race within Starbucks locations. Months later in 2015 following the shooting of Walter Scott, Starbucks CEO Howard D. Schultz was again venturing into the arena of race relations while appearing on stage at Spelman College-a historically-black women’s institution-as part of a panel discussion on the book titled, “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”

Again and again, Starbucks has been at the forefront of corporate America when it comes to cultivating a society where all people matter.

As President and CEO of ONUS, Inc.-a national organization committed to Resolving Longstanding Problems that Seem Too Big to Fix, I firmly believe in the power of boycotts. Following the killing of Michael Brown, ONUS conducted one of the most effective and long-standing boycotts in Ferguson, MO, against Sam’s Club and Walmart.

Both stores routinely called upon Ferguson Police to arrest Black men who verbally challenged managers’ decisions. Unlike Starbucks, Walmart, Inc. doubled-down in support of its employees’ hateful actions and made no apology for saddling good citizens, who happened to be black men, with unwarranted police records. Walmart then relied upon its deep purse to vigorously defend its deplorable actions.

Starbucks is no Walmart. While I firmly embrace boycotting as an effective tool of free speech, boycotting cannot and should not be Black America’s one retort to offensive acts carried out by individual employees representing what has proven to be a good corporate citizen. I do not mean to imply that Starbucks is perfect; I surmise that Starbucks still has internal issues related to race and diversity.

Nonetheless, I appreciate the steps Starbucks’ CEO and Board of Directors have and are taking in response to the incident in Philadelphia, such as the swift issuance of a public apology, public rebuke of the offending employees’ actions and the planned shutdown of Starbucks outlets nationwide for diversity and customer service training. Starbucks is demonstrating that its promise to do better is far more than a mere gesture designed to quiet a public uprising.

Starbucks has earned what millennials refer to as “street cred.” Consequently, the Corporation deserves grace when employees make missteps or engage in discriminatory actions rooted in personal perspectives. While I am confident Starbucks will make right with the young men who were wrongfully arrested in Philadelphia, I urge its leaders to again take the corporate lead by helping to revamp policing in America nationwide.

The Uniform Reporting Law Enforcement Improvement Act (URLEIA) is the solution to America’s policing problem and will effectively revamp policing from the ground up. Corporations, like citizens, have a responsibility to ensure policing nationwide is guided not by the whims of individuals and powerful conglomerates but by the constitutional and humane application of law.

Learn more about URLEIA by visiting www.ChangeIsOnUs.org. Learn more about Jerroll Sanders who is a business executive, author of The Physics of Money: If You’ve Got My Dollar, I Don’t, diversity expert, and strategist by visiting www.jerrollsanders.com.

Expanded Investigation Into Multi-State E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce

Posted by Admin On April - 23 - 2018 Comments Off on Expanded Investigation Into Multi-State E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and other state and local health departments, is expanding its investigation of a multi-state cluster of E. coli infections to include not only chopped romaine lettuce, but full heads and hearts of romaine lettuce.

Information collected to date indicates that romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick.  At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified.  However, the investigation now not only encompasses chopped romaine lettuce, but all romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona region.

One case linked to the outbreak has been identified in Illinois.  To date, 53 other cases have been reported in 16 states with 31 hospitalizations and no deaths.  The central Illinois resident reported consuming chopped romaine lettuce before illness onset.

Consumers in Illinois who have store-bought romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.

If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.  Before purchasing romaine lettuce at a grocery store or eating it at a restaurant, consumers should confirm with the store or restaurant that it is not romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.  If you cannot confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it.

Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.
Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their chopped romaine lettuce.

People usually get sick from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli 2 to 8 days after swallowing the germ.  Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea (often bloody), severe stomach cramps, and vomiting.  Most people recover within one week although some illnesses can be more severe, resulting in a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

Talk to your health care provider if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection and report your illness to your local health department.  You can also write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick and talk to public health investigators if they have questions about your illness.

Grantseekers: Chicago Teachers Union Foundation is Accepting LOIs for 2019 Funding Cycle

Posted by Admin On April - 23 - 2018 Comments Off on Grantseekers: Chicago Teachers Union Foundation is Accepting LOIs for 2019 Funding Cycle


Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline:

April 30, 2018, 5:00 PM (CT)

Letter of Intent (LOI) Request Guidelines


Grant seekers applying for grant support from the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation’s 2019 (July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019) funding cycle are required to submit an LOI (letter of intent) to the attention of grantmaking@ctuf.org with LOI in the subject line. If the proposed project aligns with one or more of CTUF’s four *thematic funding priorities, the applicant may be invited to submit a full proposal. The program officer determines whether or not the proposed project meets the following established LOI guidelines.

The letter of Intent should address the following.

Briefly, provide a summary of proposed services. Please include:

1.   Project name,

2.   Goals and anticipated outcomes of the project,

3.   Specify alignment with one or more of CTUF’s thematic areas,

4.   Scope of proposed project services,

5.   Project timeframe,

6.   Population and/or community to be served by the proposed project, and

7.   Funding request amount.

*CTUF’s thematic areas are public education, societal values, professional development for teachers (by invitation only), and restorative practices.

Democratic Party to Hold Organizational Meeting

Posted by Admin On April - 23 - 2018 Comments Off on Democratic Party to Hold Organizational Meeting

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Democratic Party of Illinois Chairman Michael J. Madigan announced that the party would be holding an organizational meeting for the State Central Committee on Monday, April 23 in Springfield.

“Voters in the March primary elected new members of the State Central Committee, and now it is our job to choose party officials and begin planning to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in November,” Chairman Madigan said.

The meeting will take place on Monday, April 23 at 1 p.m. in the Gallery Room on the first floor of the State House Inn, located at 101 East Adams Street in Springfield. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The Democratic State Central Committee is composed of 36 members, one man and one woman elected from each congressional district. Each member will have a weighted vote that is equal to the number of Democratic ballots cast in their congressional district in the March 20, 2018 primary election.

Nursing Home Violations for First Quarter 2018

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the 2018 First Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators is now posted on IDPH’s website.  The report contains additional information about the violations.

The facilities listed below were cited with type “AA” or “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act processed during the first quarter of 2018.  An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death.  An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.

The following facilities were cited for “A” violations.
• DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing, a 190-bed skilled care facility in DeKalb was fined $25,000.
• Glenlake Terrace Nursing and Rehab, a 271-bed skilled and intermediate care facility in Waukegan was fined $25,000.
• Glenshire Nursing and Rehab Center, a 294-bed skilled care facility in Richton Park was fined $25,000.
• Grasmere Place, a 216-bed intermediate care facility in Chicago was fine $12,500.
• Manor Court of Peoria, a 50-bed skilled care facility in Peoria was fined $25,000.
• Pleasant View Luther Home, a 90-bed skilled care facility in Ottawa was fined $25,000.
• Ridgeview Rehab and Nursing, 136-bed skilled and intermediate care facility in Chicago was fined $25,000.
• Rochelle Gardens Care Center, a 74-bed skilled and intermedia care facility in Rochelle was fined $25,000.
• Warren Barr Lincoln Park, a 109-bed skilled care facility in Chicago was fined $25,000.
• Helia Healthcare Champaign, a 118-bed skilled care facility in Champaign was cited with an “AA” violation and fined $50,000.

The following facilities were cited for “A” violations.
• Aperion Care Oak Lawn, 134-bed skilled care facility in Oak Lawn was fined $25,000.
• Avantara Long Grove, a 195-bed skilled care facility in Long Grove was fine $25,000.
• Big Meadows, an 83-bed intermediate care facility in Savannah was fined $25,000.
• Cedar Ridge Health and Rehab Center, a 116-bed skilled care facility in Lebanon was fined $25,000.
• Dixon Rehab, a 97-bed skilled care facility in Dixon was fined $25,000.
• Lexington of LaGrange, a 120-bed skilled care facility in LaGrange was fined $25,000.
• Norridge Gardens, a 292-bed skilled care facility in Norridge was fined $25,000.
• Parents and Friends, a 100-bed intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled in Swansea was fined $12,500.
• Rosewood Care Center Alton, a 180-bed skilled care facility in Alton was fined $25,000.
• Rosewood Care Center Rockford, a 120-bed skilled care facility in Rockford was fined $25,000.
• South Elgin Rehab & HCC, a 90-bed skilled and intermediate care facility in South Elgin was fined $25,000.
• United Methodist Village, a 143-bed skilled care facility in Lawrenceville was fined $25,000.
• Villa Health Care East, a 109-bed skilled care facility in Sherman was fined $25,000.
The following facilities were cited for “A” violations.
• Integrity Healthcare of Wood River, a 106-bed skilled care facility in Wood River was fined $25,000.
• Niles Nursing Rehab, a 304-bed skilled care facility in Niles was fined $25,000.
• Providence Downers Grove, a 241-bed skilled and shelter care facility in Downers Grove was fine $25,000.

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