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LDC abuse analysis only partially objective


To the editor:

On 1-31-02, both The Courier (Lincoln) and The State Journal-Register (Springfield) printed a story by Adriana Colindres. Part of this article addresses the problem of reporters using objective data — a rarity in this continuing issue. Colindres reported data comparing the average reported incidents of reported abuse at nine state-operated facilities for the developmentally disabled between 1992 and 2000. She must be commended for including this information in her story.

The data essentially shows LDC’s rate per year (0.89) fifth out of the nine centers. The rate at Kiley Developmental Center (4.00) in Waukegan was more than four times higher. The rate at Howe Developmental Center (1.60) in Tinley Park was nearly two times higher. One has to ask why the governor is not investigating these facilities and threatening them with closure with the same zeal? Why also are people from these facilities monitoring the safety of LDC?

The real weakness in this article is that it goes from citing objective data to reporting the seven-year-old subjective memory of former Inspector General C.J. Newbanks. Why was it necessary to contact her in Virginia to get quotes that are not based on anything but one individual’s personal opinion — which is speculative and biased at best? Why not interview the current inspector general?

Newbanks discusses the supposed "code of silence." Did she say a "code of silence" existed at Ludeman Developmental Center (Park Forest) or at Mabley Developmental Center (Dixon), which had the lowest two reports of abuse during the same time frame? Exactly what was the reporter trying to accomplish by including these totally unsubstantiated remarks with analysis of official reports comparing all the centers?

Apparently there are editorial differences in the two newspapers. The State Journal-Register version included a very informative bar graph showing the comparisons. Did The Courier think that this is not important enough to carry in their issue? The Courier also printed a quote from Newbanks in bold print. It said, "Whatever that (code of silence) is, it appears to be alive and kicking very strongly in Lincoln Developmental Center." Why does The Courier wish to emphasize this spurious remark? It has absolutely no factual basis and is irresponsible and unprofessional speculation.

If there was a "code of silence" at LDC, how did enough abuses get reported to place LDC in the middle of the centers? If the alleged code of silence exists, why wasn’t LDC lowest in reported abuse cases? Many of these are questions that Newbanks could have been asked by the reporter.

John Pokrzywinski


Alcohol and tobacco vendors thanked


To the editor:

There were over 40 people representing area businesses at Thursday evening’s alcohol and tobacco vendors class at the Lincoln Police Department.

The Lincoln Police Department, along with the Secretary of State Police, "We Card" and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, would like to thank the businesses who came to the alcohol and tobacco vendors class. Their attendance showed that they are concerned about preventing minors from buying alcohol and tobacco products. Thank you.

Tim Butterfield

Community Policing Officer



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