Governor Signs Bills to Crack Down on Abuse of Elderly

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Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the measures into law Wednesday.

One expands the list of people required to report suspicions of abuse. Now paramedics and emergency medical technicians will be required to speak up if they think someone is being abused.

Another new law bars someone convicted of elder abuse from inheriting the victim's estate. Blagojevich says it would be wrong for someone to profit from a victim's death.

The third law requires the state Department on Aging to provide the elderly more information about financial exploitation. The department also must give protective services to abuse victims for an extra year