* Press release…
House Speaker Michael J. Madigan released the following statement Friday:
“House Democrats agree that action must be taken to protect the health and wellbeing of our military heroes in the Quincy Veterans Home, and we stand ready to work with the governor. Concerns and questions raised by our caucus remain unaddressed by the administration, but need to be resolved in order for us all to make the best decisions on behalf of our veterans and their families.
“We know all too well that we are in this situation entirely because for three years Governor Rauner failed to act, attempted to shift blame, and hid the truth even from our veterans, their loved ones and their caregivers. We must now work together to correct these failings and protect our veterans through the careful, considerate process that should have been this administration’s policy all along.”
Notice he didn’t say what questions “remain unaddressed.”
*** UPDATE *** Rachel Bold with the Rauner adminstration…
We hope this isn’t an attempt to play politics with the health and safety of our heroes at the Quincy Veterans Home or to hold up funding for this vital project. Our administration has cooperated with House and Senate hearings and provided hours of testimony, thousands of responsive documents, and has offered to collaborate with legislators to answer questions. In 2015 we acted immediately in conjunction with CDC scientists. If Speaker Madigan, or the members of his caucus have remaining questions it’s time for them to clearly articulate them.