SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In the wake of multiple, deadly Legionnaires disease outbreaks at the Quincy-located Illinois Veterans Home, state Rep Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, is backing legislation that requests the governor’s administration to report on their knowledge of events leading up to and following the outbreaks.
“Bruce Rauner promised us he was on top of the situation, and Veteran’s Affairs Director Erica Jeffries publically touted the facility’s water safety, yet lives continue to be lost at this home,” said Chapa LaVia. “I think the administration should give families and the people of Illinois an explanation for what has happened in Quincy for the last two years.”
Chapa LaVia is sponsoring House Resolution 726, which asks the governor and Directors of Public Health and Veterans’ Affairs departments to disclose an accurate accounting of the information they knew or were aware of in regards to the outbreak of Legionnaires disease at the Quincy home. Since the first reported case of Legionnaire’s disease at the Quincy Veterans Home in the summer of 2015, 13 residents have died, while another 61 residents and staff have contracted the disease.
“As an Army veteran, I am appalled at the apparent disregard to make the crisis in Quincy a priority,” said Chapa LaVia. “We need to do a thorough review of what went wrong at this home, and make sure it never happens again.”