Illinois Veterans Home

Illinois Veterans Home

Durbin Optimistic About Veterans Home Revamp

April 30, 2018 - 3:56 pm

SPRINGFIELD (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Big plans to remake the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy -- where thirteen people have died of Legionnaires' disease in the last three years -- has the interest of the state's senior U.S. senator.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said the key to rebuilding the veterans' home is that the feds can pick up 65 percent of the cost.

"We are hoping that whatever the plan of the state of Illinois, that, as they move forward, we can use that kind of financial support, bring those federal dollars back home to Quincy, and to serve our veterans.

The good news is they have really worked hard on campus here to make the water supply safe, and the latest filters they are using turned out to be very good; expensive, but good."

Durbin toured Quincy a day before the Rauner administration promised a report to map out its construction plans to once and for all eradicate the Legionnaires' threat.

State lawmakers wanted that report last week and are upset with the governor's office for blowing that deadline.