Agency reviews why disabled abuse uninvestigated

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Department of Human Services has announced it is "re-evaluating" the role of its Office of the Inspector General following a report the agency failed to investigate the deaths of disabled who allegedly were victims of neglect and abuse.

In a statement Friday, department spokeswoman Januari Smith Trader said Human Services is reviewing the inspector general office's role under current law and in coordination with law enforcement and other investigatory agencies.

A Belleville News-Democrat investigation ( revealed that since 2003, the inspector general did not investigate 53 cases called into the agency's hotline that told of disabled adults who were allegedly abused or neglected and later died. The reason stated for not investigating was that the dead are "ineligible for services."

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