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Arlington Heights Daily Herald (Newspaper) - May 21, 2015, Arlington Heights, IllinoisDaily Herald Section 1 Page 5thursday, May 21, 2015 continued from Page 1 a associated press a scathing new report by court approved researchers paints a Bleak picture of med ical care in Illinois prisons describing extended treatment delays haphazard follow up care chaotic record keeping Anda Litany of other problems. The 405-Page report based on prison visits Over several months and Access to thou Sands of prison records suggests that shoddy care May have shortened the lives of some convicts including a for Merchich Ostreet gang Mem Bertho Diedorf lung cancer. Promptly disputed by the Illinois department of corrections the report was filed late tuesday night in . District court in Chicago in a class action lawsuit against the Agency that oversees 49,000 inmates. The department said in a statement that the report uses a Broa Brush to paint an incomplete picture of the comprehensive medical system in place. The report closely scrutinized the cases of 63 prison ers who became ill and died in recent years. There were it said significant lapses in care in 60 percent of those cases calling that rate Unac . The report highlights the Case of Edward Thomas a one time gangster Black disciple convicted of first degree Mur Der for throwing a rival head first Down a Chicago elevator Shaft according to filings in his criminal Case. The report does not include names of inmates but it included Thomas prison age and the Date of his death. A county Coroner who did the autopsy on Thomas confirmed to the associated press that he was the inmate who died of lung cancer on Jan. 30, 2013. Thomas knew something was wrong when he began coughing up blood at gales Burgos Hill correctional Cen Ter in 2012. Despite Thomas pleas for help the report says it took doctors six months to find a softball size cancerous tumor clinging to his neck and lung. It was too late. He died four months later at age48. The blatant disregard for this patients obvious symptoms. Is stunning the report said. Despite the patients repeated Earnest cries for help including several instances wherein he was essentially stating i think i have cancer a his symptoms were brushed off. Until. This dying Man could no Longe be ignored. In sentencing him to an 80-year prison term in 1984, a judge said Thomas had Dis played exceptionally brutal behaviour by tossing 20-year old Kevin tremble five floors this death. Most inmates we rent convicted of violent crimes according to Benjamin Wolf a plaintiffs attorney and chief Legal counsel of the Acle of Illinois. But even the ones who were he argued deserve better. The measure of Justice of a society is How it treats its most vulnerable including prisoners he said. No one sentenced these Guys to suffer and die of inadequate health care. Inmate Don Lippert a Dia Betic brought the 2010 civil suit that contends deliberate indifference about Illi Nois inmates medical care Vio lates the eighth amendment of the . Constitution that prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. Plaintiffs argued that part of the blame lies with one of the named defendants Wexford health services inc., which was awarded a 10-year, $1.3 billion contract to provide health care to state inmates in 2011. Lip Pertus complaint says Illinois pays Wexford a per prisoner fee and thus has an economic incentive to pro vide minimal care. Wexford has denied that in earlier Fil Ings. Messages left at its Pitts Burgh Headquarters we rent returned. Report blasts medical care in state prisons Suchias supersized Check not All of the demonstrators were Mcdonalds employees. Creasie Fowler of Wisconsin came with a group of Home care and fast food workers . We coordinated with local unions across the country to get the message out about not just fast food workers but Home care workers adjunct workers child care providers Airport workers janitors who have All come together under the umbrella of fight for 15, she said. Its All Low wage workers demanding a liable wage. Fowler said it was inspiring to gather with people from All Over the country who shared a common belief. The message that should have been conveyed is that people Are standing up and they re fighting Back and they re demanding to be paid what they Neworth she said. Bettie Douglas who came from St. Louis said she has been working at Mcdonalds for seven years. I just cant live on $7.65 an hour she said. I see the Money that Mcdonalds makes and they make Bil Lions and billions but our paychecks seem to be getting smaller. I feel like they re being very unfair and greedy. Luis Frias 22, from Tuc son Arizona has been work ing at Mcdonalds for 10 months and makes $8.05 an hour. He said he came to the rally because of the company is greed. They pay us poverty wages he said. I would like to be Able to provide for myself and not have to rely on food Stamps. But a Mcdonalds spokes woman said the company already is taking Steps to address wages. What we can control is the wages in our restaurants we cannot control what our Independent franchisees do in their restaurants Heidi Barker said wednesday. Well continue to look at the wage Well continue to look at the opportunities and the Bene fits offer our employees. Its something that we regularly do. Barker said Mcdonalds is designed for workers to move up if they so choose and noted that it is largely a first time and part time Job for Young workers. All employees she added Are eligible to get a free High school diploma and som College tuition. Mcdonalds is one of the Only businesses in . That i can think of that can say that 60 percent of to management actually started in the restau rants As Crew she said. Mcdonalds shut Down a restaurant near its Headquarters wednesday after the area was swamped by the pro testers. The company also told employees in a build ing targeted by protesters they should work from Home Barker said. The Start of the two Day demonstration comes ahead of the company is annual shareholder meeting today. The Campaign for pay of $15 an hour and a Union began in late 2012 and has involved a Range of tactics including ongoing demonstrations in cities around the country. Mcdonalds plans to raise its starting pay to $1 above the local minimum wage starting july 1. The Federal minimum wage is $7.25 a hour. But labor organizers said the move Falls Short because it Only applies to company owned stores. Mcdonalds corp. Owns about 10percent of its stores in the ., while the rest Are run by franchisees. The protests come As Mcdonalds fights to hold onto customers amid intensifying Competition from smaller rivals and changing tastes. Ceo Steve Easterbrook who stepped into the role in March has said he wants to transform Mcdonalds into a modern progressive Burger company. Today will Mark his first shareholder meeting Asco. The associated press contributed to this report. Protest gathering stayed peaceful no arrests made continued fro Page 1 pension overhaul to the state wide pension overhaul struck Down earlier this month by the state supreme court Send ruling sent lawmakers Back to Square one on an Issue Thatha dogged them for years. Illinois five Public pension systems Are Short More than $100 billion of whats needed to pay out benefits As prom ised largely because lawmakers for years did not make the states contributions. Major credit rating agencies already have Given Illinois the worst rating of any state in the nation. Nekritz called the Cook county plan structurally and factually different from the state overhaul which was approved in 2013 an was Esti mated to reduce the states unfunded liability by $145 Bil lion Over 30 years. The Milestone Law would have erased the Guaran teed 3 percent annual com pounded Cost of living adjust ment increase replacing it with a formula that gave the increases on a portion of Bene fits depending on years of ser vice. Som would have had the option of freezing their pen Sions and contributing to a 401 k style plan like Many in private business. Nekritz a Northbrook Democrat said the Cook county plan could pass Muster in the courts because of Legal arguments permitting benefits to be scaled Back if workers agree to the changes and Are Given something in return. The same plan which passed the Senate but failed to move in the House last Spring resulted from negotiations Between county leaders and two of the count yes three big Gest unions which support the Bill. But not All unions Are on Board. Teamsters and the ser vice employees International Union local 73 Back the legis lation while of some opposes it. While democrats advanced the proposal lawmakers expressed concerns about its passage and the Ripple effect it might Placon limiting options for a larger statewide overhaul. Pension continued fro Page 1 Bev Horne / Ellison Carter left of a group called Chicago action now leads a chant at a rally at Mcdonalds Oak Brook Headquarters wednesday to push for an increase in the minimum wage for workers at Quick service restaurants

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