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Kaarin Tisue
Investigative reporting, public service journalism
Investigative reporting, public service journalism
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When the group homes called CILAs are accused of abusing or neglecting a resident with developmental and intellectual disabilities, Illinois regulators have often relied on employees of the homes to investigate, the Chicago Tribune has found. Part 2 of the “Suffering in Secret” series also reports that the Illinois Department of Human Services routinely obscures evidence of harm at group homes from the public.
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Illinois group homes known as CILAs are supposed to provide freedom and independence for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, but a Chicago Tribune investigation found numerous cases in which residents suffered harm.
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A system called “contract growing” now dominates Illinois pork production. While big producers profit, the factorylike system takes a toll on farmers, who say raising hogs a fee is work that’s physically punishing, low-paying and never-ending.
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Spilled pig waste from giant CAFOs accounted for nearly half the fish killed by pollution in Illinois rivers in recent years, a Chicago Tribune investigation found. Some top producers have been accused repeatedly of causing damage.
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Pork producers say keeping sows in gestation crates is safe and effective. Opponents say the practice amounts to animal torture. Both sides cite studies.
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Raising pigs in CAFOs puts new pressures on the low-paid employees handling livestock. Some Illinois workers abuse the pigs in their care, and state officials can do little to intervene, a Chicago Tribune investigation finds.
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Large hog facilities, or CAFOs, have exploded in number and size in Illinois, a change that helps hold down the price of pork but has come at a harsh cost to rural communities. Lax Illinois laws helped it happen.
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Ouch. This is a scathing review of the new contemporary art galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago.
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Important information on chest protectors for parents whose kids play baseball, hockey, lacrosse: Studies have found current products don't prevent commotio cordis.
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Drug interactions in which one drug alters the effect of another are a hidden epidemic in America.  The tragedy is that much of the harm is preventable. In the case of Becki Conway, health providers failed her at nearly every turn, leaving her in a fight for her life.
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