The Chicago Tribune, April 12, 2011
Healthcare workers would lose their licenses permanently upon conviction of a sex crime or forcible felonies under legislation the House overwhelmingly passed Monday. The bill would require healthcare workers, including doctors, with charges pending to have chaperones with them if they keep treating patients before their trials. They would need to notify all of their patients in writing about any pending criminal allegations. The measure now moves to the Senate. Sponsoring Rep. Will Burns, D-Chicago and 4th Ward alderman-elect, expects it to pass easily. Burns hailed the series for pointing out the problems with current regulations and doctors and advocates of victims of sexual assault for being able to "get this done." No person whose name is on a sex offender registry would be eligible to get a medical license under the bill.