A Chicago Tribune investigation, “Suffering in Secret,” uncovered a broken state system that steers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities into group homes, ordinary private residences, then cloaks harm with secrecy and silence. The two-day series found that state officials underreported cases of abuse or neglect; recruited group home employees as “buddy investigators” to police their own businesses; ignored victims of neglect; and sealed thousands of cases even when evidence of abuse or neglect was found. The state has reopened two cases spotlighted by the Tribune and announced numerous accountability reforms.