SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to bring transparency and accountability following the tragic loss of life at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home, state Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, has co-sponsored a resolution to have the Auditor General conduct a performance review of the State’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak at the Veterans’ Home.
“Our region and state are full of reverence for our women and men who currently serve and have served our country,” said Yednock. “Our community has faced great pain and grief in the loss of these veterans, and those lost, and their families deserve full answers to how this happened and what went wrong resulting in this tragedy.”
In November of last year, a COVID-19 outbreak occurred at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home, sickening 108 of the residents and resulting in more than 30 deaths. House Resolution 62 was recently passed by the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee in a bipartisan unanimous vote and will be heard on the House Floor. The resolution is a bipartisan effort to bring answers to the State and also learn how to better prepare for future outbreaks like this.
“We must have transparency to know what errors occurred, and this performance review will help in the process,” said Yednock. “We owe it to our heroes lost and their loved ones to determine how this tragic situation occurred and to stop anything like it from ever happening again.”