Nursing home residents may soon be allowed to put cameras up in their rooms. Attorney General Lisa Madigan is pushing for a new law that will make it possible. She says it's the next line of defense in keeping seniors safe.
She says the cameras will help family members keep an eye on their loved ones when they can't make it to visit.
The video and audio taken from the cameras will be permissible in civil and criminal proceedings if someone is busted abusing a resident. And, anyone who's caught hampering with the camera or the recording could face charges. State officials get nearly 19-thousand calls a year with complaints of nursing home abuse. They respond to more than five-thousand of those calls.