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Link passes proposal to expand supervision of dementia patients

Care for dementia patients SPRINGFIELD – Families of individuals who reside in facilities that care for dementia patients would have the ability to install video and audio monitoring devices in their loved one’s room under a plan sponsored by State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) that passed the Senate this afternoon.

“No one who is being cared for by medical staff should ever have to worry about being abused or taken advantage of,” Link said. “While we know most care staff treat their patients with dignity and respect, allowing video monitoring equipment will serve as a deterrent to misconduct and offer peace of mind to family members.”

Link: “Our laws should reflect our values that victims and their rights should be protected”

Senator LinkSPRINGFIELD – Childhood sexual abuse victims would be reaffirmed in their right to bring civil charges against their perpetrator and those who fraudulently concealed their crime under a proposal advanced today by State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek).

“Victims of childhood sexual abuse experience extreme traumas that often leave scars for life,” Link said. “While it is impossible to go back in time and prevent these horrific crimes from occurring, we should be doing everything in our power to seek justice for these individuals.”

Link’s proposal, contained in Senate Bill 1868, reaffirms the ability of victims of childhood sexual abuse cases to bring a civil claim against an abuser or an individual who fraudulently concealed the crime. The legislation builds off a law Link passed in 2013 that eliminated the statute of limitations on bringing civil claims for damages from childhood sexual abuse.

Link introduced the plan after a report issued by former Attorney General Lisa Madigan in December of 2018 revealed accusations of child sexual abuse against nearly 700 Catholic priests throughout Illinois.

Link’s measure would ensure victims are able to recoup civil damages if there is evidence that their perpetrator intentionally tried to conceal the crime.

“Our laws should reflect our values that victims and their rights should be protected,” Link said.

Senate Bill 1868 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon without opposition and will now head to the Senate floor for further debate.

Link advances plan to expand protections for dementia patients

link 031219SPRINGFIELD – Families of individuals who reside in facilities that care for dementia patients would have the ability to install video and audio monitoring devices in their loved one’s room under a proposal sponsored by State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) that passed the Senate Public Health Committee this afternoon.

“Dementia patients are especially vulnerable to abuse at the hands of their caretakers,” Link said. “While we know most care staff treat their patients with dignity and respect, allowing video monitoring equipment will serve as a deterrent to misconduct and offer peace of mind to family members.”

Senate Bill 109 allows for electronic monitoring in patient rooms in a building or wing of a building solely dedicated to dementia care. Link’s proposal builds off a 2015 law he passed that allowed for video and audio monitoring equipment in facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities or in long-term care facilities.

The original proposal came in response to multiple complaints received by the Illinois Department of Public Health about abuse, neglect and theft against nursing home residents.

“We must continue working to ensure that anyone who is susceptible to abuse or mistreatment is protected and cared for,” Link said.

Senate Bill 109 passed the Senate Public Health Committee without opposition this afternoon and will now head to the Senate floor for further debate.

Link passes proposal to expand property tax credit available to disabled veterans and their spouses

link 030719SPRINGFIELD – Assistant Majority Leader Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) advanced legislation today to provide a property tax credit for surviving spouses of veterans killed or disabled in the line of duty.

“Our veterans and their families have dedicated their professions and their lives to serving our country and the ideals we hold high,” Link said. “As a state, it is important we recognize that sacrifice and ensure we acknowledge the importance their service continues to play,” Link said.

Link’s Senate Bill 110 expands the Disabled Veterans’ Standard Homestead Exemption, providing property tax relief to veterans with service-connected disabilities. The legislation addresses oversights of a 2007 law by adding qualifying spouses to the property tax credit program. 

Link’s proposal seeks to clarify eligibility to include the spouses of veterans killed or disabled in the line of duty prior to 2007.

Link passed a similar proposal out of the Senate in 2017 that was not called for a vote in the Illinois House.

Senate Bill 110 passed the Senate without opposition this afternoon and will now head to the Illinois House for further debate. 

Sen. Terry Link

Assistant Majority Leader Terry Link

30th District
Assistant Majority Leader

Years served:
1997 - Present

Committee assignments: Assignments; Energy and Public Utilities; Executive Appointments; Executive; Financial Institutions (Vice-Chairperson); Insurance; Subcommittee on Gaming (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Partner, Lake County Industrial Equipment; born March 20, 1947, in Waukegan; attended Stout State University; married (wife, Susan McCall Link), has four children.

Associated Representatives:
Daniel Didech
Rita Mayfield