The head of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is disputing the accounts of some families now suing the state for neglect over its handling of a deadly 2015 Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home in downstate Quincy. Director Erica Jeffries’ comments came during a four-hour legislative hearing on Tuesday, called by state lawmakers looking into the state’s handling of the outbreak, which killed 12 people and sickened dozens more.
No amount of money is going to bring back Steve French’s mother or erase all of the horrible details surrounding her death from Legionnaires’ disease at the state-run veterans’ home in Quincy. The state knew it had an epidemic on its hands before she was sick. Someone at the home's administrative office told French that his 78-year-old mother was OK when he called to check on her.
The water system at a state-run veterans’ home in Quincy where 13 people have died of Legionnaires’ disease may never be fully cleansed of the bacteria that causes the sometimes fatal illness, and more cases could be inevitable, federal public health authorities warned Thursday.
At hearing today IL VA Director Jeffries defends Legionnaires’ response at Quincy veterans' home, disputes lawsuits from victims’ families
One of those families responds: “Ms. Jeffries’ story is Ms. Jeffries’ story"
New investigation from @pksmid & @BetterGov
In the suburbs, there are rarely reviews of procedures or policy following officer-involved shootings. The only required oversight in the suburbs comes from the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force.
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