Fate of nursing home housing sex offenders remains in question

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A request by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to take into receivership a suburban Chicago nursing home that had been home to numerous sex offenders was put on hold while attorneys attempt to work out a compromise.

Judge Julia Nowicki asked parties to find a way to reach an agreement on running the 249-bed Emerald Park Health Care Center by the end of this week. The Illinois Department of Public Health soon will make a decision about whether to revoke the facility's license.

Madigan filed a motion for receivership last week following a series of complaints by officials and residents. A month ago, Illinois State Police conducted a sweep of the home and found eight registered and two unregistered sex offenders living in the facility.  Police arrested the two who had failed to register, as well as two on unrelated warrants. Later, police found another resident who is a sex offender and arrested him.

Only one of the sex offenders (an 80-year-old confined to his room with a monitor) remains at the facility, according to the attorney for the facility. Attorney Arnold Pagniucci has argued that an outside administrator is unnecessary because of the constant supervision the state health department has provided at the facility since last month.