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State authorities are investigating whether a city Department of Family and Support Services official tipped off a Chicago nursing home to a surprise inspection led by the state attorney general's office that was designed to protect vulnerable residents at the facility, the Tribune has learned.
When a team of law enforcement officials arrived at the Grasmere Place nursing home in Uptown for the surprise "Operation Guardian" sweep on July 22, facility administrator Celeste Jensen was waiting for them in the lobby. "What took you so long?" Jensen asked.
Under questioning by authorities with the state attorney general's office, Jensen said she had been warned of the impending sweep by a city official whose job was to safeguard elderly and disabled people in nursing homes, according to two sources who discussed the case on condition that they not be identified.
Officials expressed outrage at the alleged leaking of the sweep. Grasmere was fully staffed and bustling with painters and carpenters, said the attorney general's deputy chief of staff, Cara Smith, and state long-term care ombudsman Sally Petrone, who both took part in the raid. Continue Reading