Eleven families are suing the state of Illinois for negligence saying multiple deaths caused by a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans home were preventable.
They spoke to a Chicago radio station which cites experts calling continued problems over three years at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy "troubling" and "unusual." A 2015 Legionnaire's outbreak contributed to the deaths of 12 people and sickened many others. Several cases have been reported since. Governor Bruce Rauner says in a Wednesday statement that his administration is "deeply concerned" and has taken critical steps, including following Centers for Disease Control guidance. Both of Illinois' Democrat U.S. senators say more should be done. Sen. Dick Durbin wants the facility closed until the water system is safe.