Two decades ago, Illinois passed legislation intended to protect students from being locked
away in stark rooms as punishment or physically restrained to get them to behave. The law was well-intended and, nationally, it was well-regarded. Only it didn’t stop the mistreatment of children, most of whom have behavioral or intellectual disabilities. It took an investigation by the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois to finally bring attention to these abuses and inspire a true commitment to change.