- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A new Illinois law will allow cameras in nursing home rooms.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday that supporters say will help prevent abuse and neglect of nursing home residents. It takes effect Jan. 1.

The measure requires the resident and any roommate to consent to having a video or audio recording device installed. It would be up to residents or their families to pay for the devices.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan pushed for the law, saying it would give families added peace of mind and be another “line of defense” for residents.

The Illinois Department of Health responds to about 5,000 complaints annually. In 2013 the department found 106 allegation of abuse, neglect or theft of property by nursing home staff to be valid.

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The bill was HB2462.


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