Hidden suffering, hidden death
A Belleville couple appeared in court on Monday afternoon to answer felony charges of criminal neglect of a disabled person in connection with the death in their home of a blind man found curled in a fetal position and weighing only 60 pounds.
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The director of the state agency given the added responsibility of protecting disabled adults who live at home predicts 4,225 hotline calls may occur as a result of a new law signed two weeks ago by Gov. Pat Quinn.
Gov. Patrick Quinn signed a bill into law Monday intended to greatly expand protection for adults with disabilities who live at home. The law was inspired by an investigative series in the Belleville News-Democrat.