051915 js 0211.resizeVILLA PARK- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) will reconvene a bipartisan committee next month to further examine Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks which resulted in 13 deaths at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy.

The bipartisan joint House and Senate hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 in Room 212 at the Illinois State Capitol.

“Our veterans have survived combat zones and traveled abroad to protect and defend our democratic values. It’s pathetic that the greatest danger they now face is the drinking water in a state facility,” Cullerton said. “Our bipartisan committee has unanswered questions. The sooner we examine this brutality, the faster we can implement a long-term solution to remedy this situation.”

Cullerton has sent formal requests to key government agencies for documentation of any correspondence pertaining to the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak. He aims to identify weaknesses in protocols set up by the governor’s office and to ensure Illinois’ veterans receive quality service and care.

“There is a bipartisan consensus among committee members that our veterans were failed by a lack of leadership and direction from the governor and his administration,” Cullerton said. “We need a complete picture to guarantee the state is following proper protocol and to evaluate what can be done to ensure our veterans receive the excellent care they deserve.”

The committee members will hear from a series of witnesses. Cullerton has requested testimony and relevant documents from representatives of: the Adams County Health Department, the executive team from the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office, the Capital Development Board, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Illinois residents can listen to hearing proceedings at www.ilga.gov.


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