The Chicago Tribune is reporting, “More than two years after Legionnaire’s disease killed a dozen residents at a state-run veterans home in Quincy, Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday said he would convene a task force to look at how to best overhaul the facility and prevent another outbreak.
The move comes as the Republican faces intense criticism from lawmakers and opponents on both sides of the aisle about his administration’s response to the crisis, which first emerged in 2015 but has persisted, including the death of another veteran last year.
The announcement marked the end of a weeklong stay at the home by a re-election-seeking Rauner, who said he spent his time meeting with staff, learning about operations and losing several rounds of Connect Four to a resident. Rauner dismissed accusations that his tenure in room D101 of Fifer Infirmary — a skilled nursing unit — was a political stunt, saying he decided to stay amid calls for the home to be shuttered…”