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Coming To Illinois May Mean Loss of Rights To Decide Under Guardianship
  • James T Struck

About 500,000 people die in U.S. nursing homes each year some related to second hand smoke. One Illinois nursing home has staff blow smoke in my face, drive a truck near me, throw parental belongings into the garbage, deny dental and religious services. The nursing home administrator said "you are going to be dead" for expressing concerns with shaking hands, saying I would contact the US attorney about slavery like treatment of disabled persons, requesting that my mother get fresh air from second hand smoke. I have been litigating for over 31 months to visit, phone, take home, take parent for fresh air from second hand smoke, and take parent to dentist, religious services, zoo, museums, get caregiving bills paid by credit card reimbursed, and restore her. Cook County Guardian and other guardians may take away the rights of you or your family when you come to Illinois and deny your rights to make money for Cook County or guardians. Illinois has more persons under state guardian control than any other state (over 8,000 filings this year according to one source, over 800 under County control, over 5,100 under state guardian control). Some of your citizens may be held without rights by Illinois guardians now. Cook County Guardian, for example, came with police and police handcuffed my mother for trying to get fresh air from second hand smoke at a previous nursing home. Illinois has a Human Rights Act protecting against disability discrimination, but Cook County and Illinois uses probate law concepts to take away the rights of persons with disability and difference more than any other state guardian system. Illinois Probate Act 755ILCS 5/11a allows guardians "to make all important personal decisions for you, such as where you may live, what medical treatment you may receive, what places you may visit, and who may visit you. A guardian may also be given the right to control and manage your money and other property, including your home, if you own one. You may lose the right to make these decisions for yourself." Some Illinois courts take these actions of taking away rights with regard to some persons of French, Belgian, Luxembourg, German, Lithuanian ancestry, and guardians may deny consent to treatment, deny what chemicals are put into your family, deny family location, deny rights of persons when you come to Illinois. The American With Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act of 1973 state that disability discrimination is illegal, but Illinois takes these actions anyway. James T. Struck BA,BS, AA, MLIS A French American Museum of Chicago a 501c3 non for profit corporation which exists just as a website so people do not come to the state and lose their rights to decide

  • nursing homes,
  • immigration,
  • civil liberties
Publication Date
Winter 2009
Citation Information
James T Struck. "Coming To Illinois May Mean Loss of Rights To Decide Under Guardianship" (2009)
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