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Governor Rauner says he regrets the delay in addressing Legionnaires' Disease

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Governor Bruce Rauner commented Tuesday about ongoing efforts to address deadly Legionnaires disease at the Quincy Veterans' Home.

That outbreak has killed 13 people dating back to 2015.

Rauner believes there is momentum behind the $245 million dollar plan he introduced last week to totally re-build that facility and replace the plumbing.

"We've got the national experts. We've got a national team dedicated to this, very focused. So I think we're going to come up with the right solution. Any regret on your part it's taken this long? Oh, sure. It's so frustrating. It's heartbreaking that a veteran would be exposed to bacteria. And it's a bacteria that's very prevalent across the country. There are 300 cases of Legionella infection in Illinois every year. It's worse for folks who are up in years and who have compromised immune systems. So, veterans who are in their late 80's and 90's, like we have most of in the Quincy Veterans' Home, they're the most vulnerable to this type of bacteria. So we've just got to do everything we can to make sure it's completely eliminated," Rauner said.

His bill includes a completion date of 2024.

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