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Rauner again denies any delays at Quincy veterans’ home

Friday, Oct 19, 2018

* Democratic Party of Illinois…

Yesterday, Governor Bruce Rauner once again sought to deflect blame for his handling of the Legionnaires’ outbreak in Quincy, calling questions about how quickly his administration acted “false political spin for political gain.” Appearing on WMBD, Rauner claimed his administration “immediately” acted – “There was no delay. There was no waiting.”

In truth, WBEZ uncovered an email from Rauner’s office ordering the state’s veterans and health departments to withhold information about the outbreak. As reported, the children of Tim Miller and Gerald Kuhn both said they would have made different health choices if they were informed earlier. Melvin Tucker was reportedly only given Tylenol for his fever for days, despite confirmed reports of Legionnaires’.

While Rauner claims “political spin,” he eventually signed legislation requiring 24-hour notification of future outbreaks and his own administration cited itself for failing to tell staff in a timely manner.

“Bruce Rauner is moving from covering-up his administration’s fatal mismanagement at Quincy to shamelessly dismissing legitimate questions as ‘false political spin,’” said DPI Statewide Communications Director Sam Salustro. “The fact is, families of the 14 deceased residents aren’t playing politics, they’re sharing heartbreaking stories and holding the governor who failed them accountable.”

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Timeline is here.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 10:00 am:

    The emails tell a different tale.

    Dates, times, Rich has a timeline too, with those irrefutable dates and times too.

    If Darlene Senger had her way, a combat wounded veteran was the proper scapegoat.

    McKinney and Arnold, they’ve done yeomen’s work. Rich, here, has kept the facts visible for those looking too.

    Rauner’s fantasy to negate the honesty is what Raunerism is all about, and 14 people lost their lives, and Rauner sees his role without looking at the facts.

  2. - Henry Francis - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 10:00 am:

    Can someone explain to me why the Guv has an event in Quincy today? Is he jealous that JB is getting negative media attention with the lawsuit?

  3. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 10:00 am:

    ===While Rauner claims “political spin===

    Has this issue been used for political gain? Absolutely. But spin? Facts are facts and the timeline shows Rauner is the one trying to spin this.

  4. - Anon221 - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 10:05 am:

    Rauner has gone from blinders to full on blindfold, and he wants the rest of us to wear one too. If he thinks his spin will change the facts of discovery in the lawsuits the families have filed, he is greatly mistaken.

  5. - Arsenal - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 10:18 am:

    Isn’t he going back to Quincy again today? He should just pretend Adams County altogether doesn’t exist at this point.

  6. - JS Mill - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 10:32 am:

    I saw this interview live and it made me ill. The full on lies and the reporter never once challenged him.

    Funny how Rauner does not look at the camera.

  7. - Huh? - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 10:35 am:

    Dear 1.4%

    Repeatedly telling a lie that has been thoroughly debunked, does not make it the truth. Your failure to promptly inform the families of the Quincy VA home and staff has been reported numerous times.
    Whether you believe it or not, a lie is still a lie, no matter how many time you tell it.


  8. - Soccermom - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 10:41 am:

    Who is scheduling Rauner? Is he planning a “Brewskis with Bruce” at the Sterigenics plant tomorrow?

  9. - wordslinger - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 10:42 am:

    There’s a reason why Honeybear wears out the word “perfidy” with this guy.

    Saw the Tim Miller spot twice last night during the ballgame. Devastating.

  10. - Anon0091 - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 10:52 am:

    “Can someone explain to me why the Guv has an event in Quincy today?”

    Just more of the brilliant strategic thinking that gave you the last debate in Quincy.

  11. - Anonimity - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 10:52 am:

    Rauner: “The buck stops…..over there”

  12. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 10:58 am:

    ===Just more of the brilliant strategic thinking that gave you the last debate in Quincy.===


    No. When you’re down double digits, you debate anywhere, anytime you can.

    To campaigning *in* Quincy today or… yeah, that’s a bit of a head scratcher.

    A head scratcher but not the same, at all.

  13. - Canon - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 11:09 am:

    Who on his team thinks it’s a good idea to keep going to Quincy? This is nuts and/or malpractice.

  14. - WOB - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 11:21 am:

    I would disagree with OW on the debate anywhere, anytime. The narrative of the Quincy debate was predetermined by geography. There was no way to win or even tie. Bad move by his team to agree to that debate.

  15. - Michelle Flaherty - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 11:24 am:

    Staff: Why in the heck are you goin’ to Quincy again?

    Rauner: Awww, come on guys, it’s so simple. Maybe you need a refresher course.
    It’s all Adams County nowadays. Now you prepare that Quincy Veterans Home with some 3-in-1 oil and some gauze pads. And I’m gonna need ’bout 10 quarts of anti-freeze, preferably Prestone. No, no make that Quaker State.

  16. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 11:25 am:

    ===The narrative of the Quincy debate was predetermined by geography. There was no way to win or even tie.===

    Pritzker chose the Quincy debate to be one of the “three” he was going to do.

    Rauner not showing up at all, that would’ve been worse.

    It’s fascinating, you have a candidate down solid double digits, and thinking that candidate has choices in debates and locations.


  17. - quincy - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 11:28 am:

    He’s coming to Quincy to decake the new vets home building on sickmore.adams county will be the only county down south to carry him to bad for adams county

  18. - DuPage - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 11:33 am:

    Rauner has a credibility deficit, less then zero.

  19. - Anonymous - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 11:38 am:

    The ‘Lie & Deny’ strategy works for Trump.

  20. - South Sider - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 12:11 pm:

    14 people died. It’s been proven there was a cover-up. People that were in charge need to be held responsible. How were there not criminal charges filed?

  21. - WOB - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 12:23 pm:

    Ow-there are always choices and the debate would have never happened if they didn’t agree. Having a debate about debates is preferable to going into a losing situation.

  22. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 12:27 pm:

    ===Having a debate about debates is preferable to going into a losing situation.===

    There was nothing to debate. What leverage did Rauner have?

    Pritzker was doing 3, one was going to be in Quincy.

    Rauner doesn’t show, in Quincy, Pritzker coulda had a whole hour to hammer away, in Quincy, about the Veterans Home.

    Rauner needed debates. Rauner has been down double digits. That’s why Rauner was there.

    Pritzker held all the leverage, as front-runners do.

    That’s how it me been since… forever.

  23. - Pundent - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 12:46 pm:

    =The ‘Lie & Deny’ strategy works for Trump.=

    It works with Trump supporters. And Trump lost Illinois by a wide margin. And even if it works with Rauner supporters that group hovers +/- at 30%.

    Telling the truth isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s an act of humility. By refusing to acknowledge irrefutable facts Rauner reinforces the much broader narrative that he can’t be believed on anything.

  24. - Anonymous - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 1:50 pm:

    Oswego, you are exactly right on Quincy debate formula.

    Rauner hasbeen in Quincy five times since since he found out he was winning the county 51 to 49. His margin traditionally should be 68 to 32. 5 trips trying to build what should be his base. Sad

  25. - Skeptic - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 2:10 pm:

    So some of you expect the conversation to go something like this?

    “Quarterback: Let’s see, it’s the 4th quarter, and we’re down by 5 touchdowns. Should we go for it on 4th down or punt?” “Coach: Punt.”

  26. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 2:11 pm:

    ===Rauner hasbeen in Quincy five times since since he found out he was winning the county 51 to 49. His margin traditionally should be 68 to 32. 5 trips trying to build what should be his base.===

    Raunerism isn’t the same as being a Republican.

    People know.

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