First of all it’s heartbreaking that Legionella bacteria got into an ancient Veterans’ Home in Quincy. It breaks my heart ’cause I’m an advocate for veterans. And we’ve done everything humanly possible to protect our veterans there. But this investigation by Lisa Madigan is a fraud, it’s phony. She declared this investigation started 24 hours after her ally, Pritzker, got accused and found to have committed criminal fraud. She said ‘Oh, let’s distract the media. Let’s distract all the discussion. Let’s trump up a phony investigation of criminal fraud.’ The Quincy tragedy of infection has been reviewed by the legislature. It’s been reviewed by the press. We’ve had testimony. All our emails. And there’s been no evidence of criminal behavior whatsoever in the Quincy Veterans’ Home. None.
* Pritzker campaign…
Ahead of the final gubernatorial debate in Quincy, the Pritzker campaign released a new TV ad, “Heroes,” featuring Tim Miller, the son of Eugene Miller who died after contracting Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home.
In the ad, Tim Miller recounts visiting his father at the hospital during his final days and talks about how his family wasn’t told about the Legionnaires’ crisis even while the state was emailing back and forth about the outbreak, concerned about public relations. While Bruce Rauner continues to maintain “our team did exactly what they should have done, exactly when they should have done it,” Tim Miller sees things differently, saying “Governor Rauner was more interested in protecting his image than he was the heroes who served our country.”
“Eugene Miller and 13 others lost their lives too soon because Bruce Rauner cared more about headlines than our heroes,” said JB Pritzker. “This failed governor chose to manage his public image instead of managing a health crisis. The Rauner administration waited six days to tell families why their loved ones were sick, six days when treatment could have started and families could’ve helped keep their loved ones safe. Bruce Rauner’s fatal mismanagement and his cover-up is callous, baffling, and frankly, it’s criminal. Eugene Miller deserved better, all of our nation’s heroes deserve better, and as governor, my administration will serve our Veterans just as they served our country.”
Tim Miller: I met my dad at the ER, and when I walked into that room, he was laying in a fetal position, unresponsive. He just looked like he was about to die. It was not the dad that I saw before.
On screen: For six days the state of Illinois knew of a Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak and said nothing.
Tim Miller: At that moment, my dad needed for the state to honor him and serve him the way that he honored and served his country. Nothing was said about Legionnaires’. While the state was sending back emails about PR and different things, my dad was dying.
On screen: Emails paint a sad, cold reaction to crisis
Bruce Rauner: Our team did exactly what they should have done, exactly when they should have done it.
Tim Miller: My question to Governor Rauner is: If it were your parents who were living at that home, would you have handled it differently? Would the response time have been quicker?
On screen: Eugene Miller was one of 14 people who died after getting sick with Legionnaires’ Disease.
Tim Miller: I looked up to my dad a lot and I loved him, and whatever life he had left on this earth, it was his, and Governor Rauner was more interested in protecting his image than he was the heroes who served our country.
Tonight’s debate is in Quincy, so this sets it up pretty well.
- Trapped in the 'burbs - Thursday, Oct 11, 18 @ 9:19 am:
A very powerful spot. It’s respectful and understated, which makes it difficult to dismiss as a partisan hack job. It don’t have to like JB, you just have to dislike Rauner. This pushes that narrative.
A sobering message to everyone about the damage done to those veterans and their families by “Governor Shake Up Springfield. Points out that the deaths in all those retirement homes that he owned were all in the name of making a buck. People should vote accordingly.
Details matter in campaigns. Rauner’s team agreed to a debate in Quincy and the news cycle for such a decision was a foregone conclusion. Next time Team Rauner aim for Carbondale or metro east or anywhere but Quincy
- Grandson of Man - Thursday, Oct 11, 18 @ 1:11 pm:
Very powerful ad, especially the last part.
Rauner has a history of fatal mismanagement and neglect. Hard to believe so many people voted for him after the nursing home ads. Rauner does not like to do hands-on work, apparently. He just likes to make money and find ways to squeeze workers. Rauner fatally neglected his job duties as governor, if you will. If not for some brave and fed up Republicans, the neglect and disaster would have continued.
Remember how the state’s OSHA sent Rauner a letter saying he failed to notify the employees of the hazard. He didn’t even notify staff so how would anyone be protected. He risked a lot of staff, volunteers, and the residents.
All while his administration is trying to work on the PR story. He just let Legoniela incubate in there. I wouldn’t be surprised if something criminal did occur, at best it was gross negligence.