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New Bombshell Report Finds Rauner Admin Failed to Inform Quincy Staff about Outbreak
#TBT Video: Rauner Said Prior Quincy Staff Testimony was “False” and “Politically Motivated”
A few months ago, Governor Bruce Rauner appeared before the Herald & Review Editorial Board and criticized recent Quincy Veterans Home workers’ testimony as “false” and “politically motivated attacks.” Workers testified the state failed to inform them about the 2015 Legionnaires’ outbreak at the home, which they learned about from media reports.
(Watch Rauner before the Herald & Review Editorial Board)
“Question: But I think, maybe what we’re getting at is that the staff found out on media reports in Quincy, right? That was some of that testimony.
“Rauner: Well you see that’s false. You see there’s a lot of misinformation and I think politically motivated attacks going on. I don’t want to get into that. The reality is, we took strong immediate action. Communicated with employees and that was put out, Erica Jefferies put out that clear statement about how they communicated. There’s a lot of politics getting played right now.”
Last night, WBEZ dropped a bombshell report that directly contradicts Rauner’s assertations. The station reported that Rauner’s own Department of Labor investigated and “formally rebuked” the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for failing to “effectively notify” staff members about the outbreak. Emails at the time “downplayed the severity” of the outbreak and reassured staff that they “would not put the residents or staff at risk” if they felt there “was an issue” with Legionnaires’. Since 2015, 8 home workers have fallen ill with and 13 home residents died of Legionnaires’ disease.
“Bruce Rauner got caught lying about what his own administration knew was true — they botched the response to the deadly Quincy Legionnaires’ outbreak,” said DGA Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “Rauner’s knee-jerk need to deflect blame only does a disservice to the 13 people who died at the Quincy Veterans Home.”