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Gov. Rauner Outlines Plans to Address Legionnaires Outbreak

March 16, 2018 - 9:13 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is outlining short and long term plans for addressing the legionella outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.


Rauner says the state's already implemented all CDC recommendations, such as replacing faucets and installing special filters. They're also looking at other options in case that doesn't stop the bacteria's spread -- such as purchasing and updating a nearby nursing home.

"We're also looking at the option of having modular homes, modular housing with brand new, completely separate water systems as another option as well. Those two together are something that we could get done in just a few months rather than years if we need to do that," he says. 

Rauner says he's also seeking a master planner to design a new state-of-the-art veteran’s facility and plans to work with the federal government on funding for it.

"Things like private rooms, private bathrooms are he new standard. technology, smart buildings, wireless internet, safety and security; we need to make sure also though that we're prepared to take care of the veterans that will need our assistance in the future, those that fought in Afghanistan, Iraq, the war on terror, those that are serving over sees today," says the governor's senior advisor, Mike Hoffman.