02072018CM0131 RSSPRINGFIELD- A 2016 engineering report recently released to the media and Senators will be the subject of a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday.

The report was released late last Friday and, among other things, includes recommendations by engineers that the state seriously consider replacing the plumbing in buildings at the Quincy Veterans Home.

Several federal Centers for Disease Control studies have repeatedly pointed to those aging pipes and the biofilm within them as harboring the Legionella bacteria that has been blamed for 13 deaths and numerous other infections among residents, family and staff at the Quincy facility.

“The committee said it would get back together to discuss the Quincy situation when we had new information to consider. Needless to say, this report provides a great deal of information and raises questions why the administration hasn’t done more sooner,” said Senator Tom Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat and chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

Cullerton said the information in the report doesn’t match what state officials have been telling the committee.

“The state has been entrusted with caring for veterans and their families. It’s been clear for quite some time that there’s a problem at that facility. What I want to see is some meaningful action to remedy it and create a safe environment there,” Cullerton said.

The hearing is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

The directors from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Illinois Department of Public Health and the state’s lead construction agency, the Capital Development Board have been asked to attend.

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