Closed captioning requirement to ensure access for individuals with hearing loss

closedcaptions 072919SPRINGFIELD – The number of adults in the United States with hearing loss is expected to jump from 44 million to 73 million by 2060. With a growing number of individuals residing in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) championed a measure requiring the use of closed captioning on televisions in hospitals and other care facilities.

Link’s plan – House Bill 3468 – was signed into law last week by Gov. Pritzker. 

“For many experiencing hearing loss, background noise can make it especially difficult to hear what is being said,” Link said. “Turning on the closed captioning feature is a simple step that staff can take to ensure all viewers can enjoy what they are watching.”

House Bill 3468 requires hospitals, alternative health care models, Community Living Facilities, long-term care facilities, MC/DD facilities, ID/DD facilities, specialized mental health rehabilitation facilities, and community-integrated living arrangements to make reasonable efforts to have the closed captioning feature on a television activated at all times in a common area provided for use by the general public or in a patient's room. 

The new law will bring Illinois into legal compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires certain health care facilities that provide televisions to use closed captioning for individuals with impaired hearing.

House Bill 3468 was signed into law on July 22, 2019 and takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Link’s plan to prevent abuse of dementia patients signed into law

link 040419SPRINGFIELD – Families of individuals who reside in facilities that care for dementia patients will have additional tools to prevent abuse of their loved one’s under a proposal by State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) that was signed into law on Friday.

Link’s new law – contained in Senate Bill 109 – allows for electronic monitoring in patient rooms in a building or wing of a building solely dedicated to dementia care.

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

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 law was passed after the Illinois Department of Public Health received multiple complaints about abuse, neglect and theft against 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 takes effect immediately.

Link heralds signing of massive investment in Illinois roads, infrastructure

LinkSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Terry Link joined with Gov. J.B. Pritzker and colleagues today in Springfield as a $45 billion “Rebuild Illinois” construction funding plan was signed into law.

“With this law, communities across the state gain needed economic development and we become more competitive,” said Sen. Terry Link (D-Indian Creek). “This investment in Illinois was overdue. A lot of people have waited a long time for this day to arrive. I’d like to thank my colleagues and Governor Pritzker for making it happen.”

Under the comprehensive plan, long-neglected roads and bridges will be replaced, schools and higher education campuses will receive funds for new construction and mass transit agencies will have the ability to purchase new buses and trains.

Link sponsored the funding plan for vertical projects included in the capital plan, which included the legalization of sports betting and an expansion in the number of casinos in the state.

Locally and statewide, some projects will begin as soon as design and engineering phases are complete. Other projects will be funded over the next few years. New funding approaches mean projects will continue to be funded as needed each year going forward.

Link shepherds passage of historic gaming measures, including a new Waukegan casino

link 060219SPRINGFIELD – After many years of work, State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) succeeded in passing a long-anticipated comprehensive gaming proposal through the Senate today. Link’s legislation expands the number of casinos in Illinois and regulates sports betting in the state.

“This is a job creation bill that will help people in every corner of Illinois,” said Link. “I have worked on this for years because it is vitally important for Illinois and the people in our region. I am grateful to my colleagues for helping get this done.”

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