During the campaign, Donald Trump promised to put veterans first if elected. Governor Rauner the outspoken #NeverTrumper, who supported Hillary Clinton for President, has not put “veterans first,” he’s put them dead last.
Dead is the operative word.
It took 2 years for the GOP to notice the Quincy Veterans’ Home Deaths?
WBEZ reports that 13 people at a state veteran’s home in downstate Quincy have died from Legionnaires’ disease since 2015. In the summer of 2015, 53 residents and staff at the home contracted the disease and five more tested positive in 2016. Earlier this year, three more people tested positive and another veteran died from Legionnaires. The Governor’s office was contacted about the outbreak by a state Veterans’ Affairs spokesman on August 24, 2015.
Rauner could learn a thing or two about putting veterans first from President Trump.
The Rauner death train began in 2015. How did this happen under Bruce Rauner’s watch? Where was the GOP leadership for the last two years?
Chicago and local news report on Legionnaires’ outbreak in 2015, 2016, 2017
August 27, 2015: 8 Treated for Legionnaires disease at Quincy home
September 1, 2015: 7 dead from Legionnaires’ disease at Quincy veterans’ home
September 17, 2015: ABC7: Death Toll Stands at 13 After Quincy Legionnaire’s Outbreak
September 18, 2015: ABC7: Quincy Legionnaire’s Outbreak Caught State Officials Off Guard
December 24, 2015: CDC releases report blaming poorly managed water system at Quincy, Illinois veterans home.
December 24, 2015: Water system blamed in fatal Legionnaire’s disease outbreak at Illinois
December 24, 2015: Water System Blamed In Illinois Legionnaires’ Outbreak « CBS Chicago
July 26, 2016: New Cases Of Legionnaires’ Disease Identified In Quincy
July 26, 2016: Legionnaires’ disease is back in Adams County, 2 residents at IL Vets Home diagnosed
July 28, 2016: Governor: Illinois doing all it can on Legionnaire’s cases
Where were Rauner’s friends at the “conservative” Illinois Policy Institute, who have – suddenly, conveniently – turned into Rauner’s critics? Where was that “Best Team in America” when all this was happening? Illinois Policy Institute’s John Tillman has been called the “defacto Governor.” Where was the “defacto Governor” when 13 veterans were dying?
Capitol Fax’s Rich Miller is raising questions that demand an answer:
Why did state officials waited so long to notify the CDC, the governor’s office and the public, including the residents and their families? When did the cleanup really start? Why did they wait so long to request a CDC Epi-Aid Why did they emphasize the claim that all of those who died had underlying medical conditions?
Eleven families have filed suit against the state claiming negligence.
GOP Illinois will continue to follow this story.