Illinois House seeks accounting of Legionnaires outbreak at veterans' home

Gov. Bruce Rauner, center, talks with members of the Illinois Veterans Home on Jan. 10, 2018 after staying at the home in Quincy, Ill., to better understand the operations there, after it experienced a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak.


By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 7, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois House has unanimously urged Gov. Bruce Rauner to provide a full accounting of the Legionnaires' disease crisis at the Quincy veterans' home.

The House voted 104-0 Wednesday on a resolution asking the Republican to report on what officials "knew and when they knew it" regarding the outbreak. The disease caused by water-borne bacteria has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents since July 2015.

Four more cases were confirmed last month despite millions of dollars of upgrades at the home.

Rep. Jay Hoffman's resolution has no effect of law. The Swansea Democrat added a provision Wednesday that calls for "all communications" among Rauner's office and cabinet agencies about the situation from June 2015 to January this year.

Rauner's office did not immediately comment.


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