SPRINGFIELD – After a Chicago resident was unable to obtain records regarding a deceased relative from the state, State Senator Lakesia Collins pushed forward legislation that would help individuals access their deceased families’ records.

“If someone needs to obtain records about their relative, we need systems in place to allow for the transfer of that information,” said Collins (D-Chicago). “With this legislation we are creating a clear pathway for people trying to secure the information of their deceased to make the process easier.”

Senate Bill 2715 would require the Illinois Department on Aging to establish procedures for the disclosure of program records by the Long Term Care Ombudsman.

The Long Term Care Ombudsman program is an advocacy program which protects and improves the quality of life from residents in a variety of long-term care settings. Ombudsman work to resolve problems residents may have and bring changes at the local, state and national levels to improve care.

“Losing a loved one is hard enough, and we want to make the process easier and allow these records to be collected by family members,” Collins said. “I am proud of the efforts of everyone involved in bringing this legislation forward as we continue to push for more effective and efficient practices in our state agencies.”

Senate Bill 2715 passed the Senate on Friday and moves to the House for further consideration.