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Former Little City Participant Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

Sentencing brings closure to 2011 case involving employee victim

Little City has learned Edward Blue, 20, a former Little City resident who pleaded guilty Oct. 19 to aggravated sexual assault of a female worker, was sentenced today to 18 years in prison with an additional three years of parole. The sentencing brings closure to the 4-year-old case.

Little City has changed the admissions process since the incident occurred in September 2011. In addition, it has continued to improve the training all employees receive in how to best work with the population Little City is designed to serve – individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities – given the least restrictive environment the campus supports. Blue was removed from Little City immediately following the incident.

“We have looked at the 2011 incident, as we do all instances, as an opportunity to improve while still affording people the opportunity to keep, learn, or improve skills and functioning for daily living, in the least restrictive environment,” said Executive Director Shawn Jeffers.

For more information, contact Ann Meyer at ameyer@littlecity.org or 847-221-7831.


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Being a leader for 60 years, Little City continues to be inspirational and transformational in developing its 56-acre therapeutic community in Palatine. From a modest beginning of three homes and 16 residents primarily with Down syndrome, Little City has grown into a recognized leader offering a wide array of innovative services to more than 1,000 clients weekly. In addition to the Palatine location, Little City has a Community Services Office in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, adult service centers in Palatine and Waukegan, and 15 adult community homes and one children’s group home located throughout suburban Cook and DuPage Counties.

Today, Little City’s comprehensive program portfolio includes vocational training and employment placement, foster care and adoption, home-based family support, health and wellness, recreation and therapeutic activities, disability awareness and community education, a day school and an award-winning arts program. Visit www.littlecity.org.


Tina Maraccini, Director of Communications & Marketing
Phone: (847) 221-7855

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