Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Fourth Legionnaires’ case confirmed at Quincy veterans’ home
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      About     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact Rich Miller
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Fourth Legionnaires’ case confirmed at Quincy veterans’ home

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 - Posted by Rich Miller

* The fourth since the start of last week, that is…

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are reporting a fourth laboratory-confirmed case of Legionnaires’ disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy (IVHQ). The positive test result was confirmed earlier today. The resident is in stable condition.

Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) returned to the home in Quincy last week, at the request of IDPH, to provide additional support and guidance. Staff from CDC are working with IVHQ and IDPH staff to:

    - Conduct environmental and epidemiological assessments to identify potential exposure sources;
    - Augment clinical testing protocols for individuals with respiratory symptoms to include not only testing for Legionella, but also influenza and other respiratory viruses;
    - Conduct clinical and environmental sample testing at CDC;
    - Identify important public health and infection control interventions; and
    - Partner in communications with the local hospital to streamline testing.

In addition to infectious disease control and testing protocols, the teams will continue working to trace potential sources of Legionella bacteria and conduct additional environmental health testing.

Tell me again, why are we keeping those residents at that facility?

…Adding… Pritzker campaign…

Hours after Bruce Rauner’s administration skipped a legislative hearing on Rauner’s fatal mismanagement of the Quincy Veterans’ Home, a fourth case of Legionnaires’ disease was confirmed.

Outbreaks have plagued the home each year Rauner has been governor, and 13 Veterans and spouses have died on Rauner’s watch. A report late Friday revealed that Rauner’s Director of Veterans’ Affairs hid the real cost of replacing the water system at the home, once estimating it at over $500 million when it actually costs $8 million.

“After 13 lives were lost in Quincy, Bruce Rauner and his administration are desperately trying to cover up his fatal mismanagement and inability to stop the crisis from spiraling out of control,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Instead of just dodging questions, Rauner’s administration is now ditching hearings altogether, failing in their responsibility to protect the health of our nation’s heroes.”


  1. - Not-so-lucky Pete - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 4:25 pm:

    Moving them now would be an admission that we should have moved them a year ago, and Governor Rauner cannot admit mistakes because he’s been successful at everything he’s ever done.

  2. - Centennial - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 4:25 pm:

    This is beyond negligence at this point. Good Lord.

  3. - Real - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 4:26 pm:

    Rauner needs to be held accountable. How can you keep these people in these conditions even after 13 deaths? Close that place down

  4. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 4:26 pm:

    A superstar budgetary move? If they all pass away, no more need be spent on their care.

  5. - illini - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 4:28 pm:

    Since half of the residents of Murray Center have been relocated there could be room for many of our Veterans to be relocated.

    I think several of the buildings are completely closed. It should not take that long or be that expensive to make this ready. After all, this property is already owned and maintained by the state, but is sorely underutilized.

  6. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 4:29 pm:

    How is this not negligence? How can the state knowingly put these folks at this risk every single day?

  7. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 4:30 pm:

    At what point is this considered gross negligence after the fact.

    How long will this Administration seemingly put people’s lives at risk?

    Having the governor stay there for days isn’t helping the additional new cases now, numbering 4.

  8. - Norseman - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 4:31 pm:

    === Tell me again, why are we keeping those residents at that facility? ===

    Because we have a governor who has a cash box where his heart is supposed to be located.

  9. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 4:34 pm:

    He is not a good man .

  10. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 4:34 pm:

    ===Tell me again, why are we keeping those residents at that facility?===

    Because if he had to do it all over again, Governor Rauner wouldn’t have done things any differently.

    Of the things he can control, he gives himself an A.

  11. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 4:41 pm:

    Willful, wanton reckless conduct

  12. - Swift - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 4:43 pm:

    ===Tell me again, why are we keeping those residents at that facility?===

    Anyone know if any residents have left the facility voluntarily after the outbreaks? I haven’t heard the question asked at the hearings.

  13. - Because I said so.... - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 4:46 pm:

    This is right out of the Rauner playbook. Didn’t he buy up then under-fund nursing homes before he was gov? Residents of those nursing homes died under his ownership.

  14. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 4:48 pm:

    –Anyone know if any residents have left the facility voluntarily after the outbreaks?–

    If they had a lot of options, they wouldn’t be there in the first place.

  15. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 4:48 pm:

    For the love of God. Is there no rock bottom to this Administration’s incompetence?

    The guy really is so callous to the suffering of others. So let me put this in language that might motivate the Guv:

    Hey Guv, every time we are focusing on the veterans getting legionnaires, we are not thinking about Madigan and all the alleged sexual harassment going on in his shop.

  16. - A Jack - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 4:49 pm:

    Swift, usually the veterans are there because of the inability to care for them at home. Not that you hear Rauner stepping up with home care until the crisis is resolved. I had a relative there for a while. Those guys generally need a lot of care.

  17. - Perrid - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 4:58 pm:

    What are the other options? This is not a defense of Rauner, I just don’t know what IDVA would do with the residents if the did move them.

  18. - Albany Park Patriot - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 5:05 pm:

    This is another chance for Rauner tell us that he has done everything right.

  19. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 5:08 pm:

    –This is another chance for Rauner tell us that he has done everything right. –

    I think the day may come when he and his crew are telling it to the judge. Certainly in civil cases.

  20. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 5:18 pm:

    As for options, the admin has had a report since 2016 examining costs of replacing plumbing in at-risk areas and updated it in January to include a plan to create a “swing” facility to house residents while buildings are remediated.
    And, to date, there’s been no formal proposal to do anything from the administration. But they have appointed two task forces. So they got that going for them.

  21. - FormerParatrooper - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 5:22 pm:

    This is more than negligence, it is incompetence by the State. I do believe if this was a private facility with these same issues, the State would have stepped in already and demanded everything we have here. I am certain that if this was an animal care facility, action would have been swift.

  22. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 5:24 pm:

    Taak forces? Not eve blue ribbon commissions? How serious do they view this?


  23. - McLincoln - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 5:29 pm:

    Hopefully, the latest cases are not still being treated with Ibuprofen.

  24. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 5:39 pm:

    See page 3 last paragraph-

    This is from -

    Now, this came out after the 2016 report that was held back by the State. The State knew, at the very least last June per CMS and the CDC what needed to be done. Who knew what, when , and where will be very telling.

  25. - Groundhog Day - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 5:48 pm:

    The death rate for Legionnella when treated promptly with appropriate antibiotics is less than 5%. It is up to 50% in a nursing home setting if treatment is delayed, or the wrong antibiotic is used. The veterans with new cases now are likely to benefit from the heightened awareness. But it really highlights the grave problem with the cover-up originally.

  26. - Nieva - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 5:50 pm:

    Sounds like they would be safer in one of our prisons but didn’t I read where Menard had a case also.

  27. - striketoo - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 6:01 pm:

    Maybe our bankrupt state should leave this area of governance (caring for veterans) up to the Federal government who is responsible for sending people off to war. If we can’t afford to do something right, we shouldn’t be doing it.

  28. - Generic Drone - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 7:12 pm:

    Make the task forces stay there. Bet the problem will be fixed quick.

  29. - We'll See - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 7:24 pm:

    @ illini
    What makes you think the Murray Center is free of Legionella?

  30. - PublicServant - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 8:49 pm:

    Madigan, and the legionella he controls to take the spotlight off of his culture of sexual harassment. This is the reason the press is focusing on Governor Rauner’s excellent response to the minor issue at the Quincy Veteran’s Home, where he would do nothing different than his most excellent response to date. Right LP?

  31. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 9:55 pm:

    News reports indicate Legionella has been found in an “unoccupied” area of the Comptroller’s office building. Her reaction to the news should be interesting.

  32. - dbk - Tuesday, Feb 20, 18 @ 11:37 pm:

    I was just about to write a response to the post about the no-shows at the hearing along the lines of “This is one step short of surreal.”

    Can the IDPH act unilaterally? Can the VA? Can the VA in DC intervene? Or is it all a matter of executive decision(s) by the gov?

    I’m starting to wonder whether he’s going to act at all, no matter what happens next.

    His unwillingness to issue any sort of orders beyond those for task forces is worrisome, both specifically and more generally.

  33. - Anon - Wednesday, Feb 21, 18 @ 7:09 am:

    In my agency there is the exact same amount of managers as their our union workers. There’s literally more people in offices than in cubes.

    Then to make matters worse Rauner put a headcount on our agency stating we can’t go passed a certain number of employees but everytime a union member leaves we get some new upper management 6 figure jobs (the ones that make state workers look bad but they are all non union)….and those managers just want numbers and no quality.

    Yet nobody is calling Rauner out on these things. This is why my agency is unable to be effective at inspecting and investigating these events…There’s literally only a few of us and we feel like we’re being pushed out.

  34. - Barrington - Wednesday, Feb 21, 18 @ 9:48 am:

    This situation calls for quick and bold action, as lives are at stake. Odd but predictable behavior on Rauner’s part. He needs to understand that he cannot do what he has done in the past concerning nursing facilities. I would encourage democrats to pressure Rauner to act in a moral and ethical manner.

  35. - don the legend - Wednesday, Feb 21, 18 @ 10:22 am:

    I’m pretty sure Rauner has been clear about this issue when he said ‘these things happen’.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Abbott says he will resume migrant busing to Chicago ahead of DNC
* Open thread
* Isabel’s morning briefing
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Live coverage
* Selected press releases (Live updates)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...






Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

July 2024
June 2024
May 2024
April 2024
March 2024
February 2024
January 2024
December 2023
November 2023
October 2023
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller