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Lawmakers outraged after Quincy Vets Home residents test positive for Legionnaires'

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced late Monday that there have been two confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease among Illinois Veterans’ Home residents. (WRSP)

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced late Monday that there have been two confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease among Illinois Veterans’ Home residents.

The news sparked outrage at the Capitol Tuesday.

Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), who chairs the Senate's Veterans Affairs Committee, said he's outraged that two more Legionnaires' cases have been confirmed at the Quincy Veterans’ Home.

He said the Governor has failed veterans through his creation of bureaucratic task forces and by dodging information requests relating Legionnaires' outbreaks that have claimed the lives of 13 veterans at that home since 2015.

“It was a terrible response,” Cullerton said. “It's been terrible for three years, four years, and the fact is it's still occurring. Even with his political stunts, going and sleeping there and pretending he's a camper for six days. It still is producing more outbreaks and putting our veterans in harm.”

Rauner’s spokesperson Rachel Bold released the following statement Tuesday:

“Governor Rauner continues to work with IDPH Director Nirav Shah, IDVA Director Erica Jeffries, the CDC and the Adams County Health Department to provide for the health and safety of the skilled nursing home’s residents and staff. Engineering staff at the home acted quickly, immediately implementing prescribed contingency responses -- completing thermal eradication and other measures to protect residents and staff. Our goal must be to put politics aside and work together to keep our veterans safe and healthy.”

According to IDPH, both residents are at the Illinois Veterans Home Quincy and are doing well.

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