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abuse analysis only partially objective
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.
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
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
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?
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
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.
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were over 40 people representing area businesses at Thursday
evening’s alcohol and tobacco vendors class at the Lincoln
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
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