RED BUD, Ill. – State Rep. Nathan Reitz, D-Steeleville, is cracking down on elder abuse with his support of a new law requiring in-person inspections and family interviews following reports of elder exploitation or poor living conditions for seniors.
“Seniors being subjected to unfit living conditions or even exploitation and abuse by their caretakers deserve better, and they deserve help,” Reitz said. “It’s time to get tough on offenders who target vulnerable citizens like seniors. Con-artists like these only succeed if they are left alone to commit their crimes when people aren’t paying attention.”
Reitz supported House Bill 3065, which requires state agencies investigating reports of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of senior citizens to interview family members, friends, neighbors and anyone else who may have direct knowledge of the situation. Face-to-face interviews will ensure thorough inquiries into every report, and help eliminate lax examinations that leave elders in abusive situations. The legislation was passed with strong bipartisan support and is now law.
“Seniors deserve to live their golden years with dignity and respect. This law will combat mistreatment of the senior community and push back against people who take advantage of the elderly, while getting rid of unfit caretakers who don’t do their jobs,” Reitz said. “I’m working to build a stronger Illinois, and that means safer, better lives for seniors and our families.”