cullerton tom2014SPRINGFIELD – Senator Tom Cullerton (D-VILLA PARK) released the following statement in response to Governor Rauner’s state of the state address:

“Today was simply another Bruce Rauner pep rally from an alternate universe. Back-porch deals, crony warehouse contracts and a public health scandal at a veterans home are all he has to show for three years in office. This governor continues to live in a fantasy land while everyone else tries to deal with the realities he ignores.”

05312017CM0529RSSPRINGFIELD - State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) advanced legislation today that would require the Auditor General to investigate the response by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs to the Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy

Culleton has led the charge to evaluate the actions taken by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and to ensure current protocols and procedures are up to date. He also wants to ensure these procedures were properly followed by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration.

“Our veterans have served our country with great honor and respect. Sadly, some loyal soldiers were unable to count on the State of Illinois to give them the care they deserved,” Cullerton said. “My hope is a thorough examination will create policies to guarantee our veterans will not perish due to preventable conditions.”  

Cullerton, who serves on the bipartisan Illinois Legislative Audit Commission, sent letters to fellow members State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and Rep. Bob Rita (D-Blue Island) in hopes of cooperating to drive the audit. 

“The Illinois Auditor General must launch a full examination into the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy to give the General Assembly a clear picture of the problems we have on hand,” Cullerton said. “The sooner we examine this atrocity, the quicker we can remedy the situation.”

Cullerton said this is another example of mismanagement and ineffective usage of state resources by the governor’s administration. 

“Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has been thoughtless and ineffective in providing care and services to our veterans,” Cullerton said. “I’ll continue to fight for my fellow soldiers like they have fought for me.”  

Cullerton served as an infantryman in the Army from 1990 to 1993, and he currently serves as the chairman of the Illinois Senate’s Veterans Affairs Committee.

Senate Resolution 1186 passed the Senate’s Committee on Veterans Affairs with bipartisan support and now moves to the full senate for consideration.

He will reconvene a bipartisan hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 7 to address this issue and continue to examine the care and services veterans receive at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy.

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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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