Veterans Home Deaths Become Issue In State Comptroller Race

Craig Dellimore
May 03, 2018 - 6:09 pm
Darlene Senger Susana Mendoza Comptroller Opponents

Darlene Senger, left; Susana Mendoza

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza is demanding apologies from a former aide to Gov. Bruce Rauner for suggesting U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth deserves some of the blame for the Legionnaire’s disease outbreak in downstate Quincy.

In an email obtained by Public Radio, former Rauner Deputy Chief of Staff Darlene Senger suggested that the outbreak at the Quincy Veterans home might be tied to Duckworth’s tenure as Illinois' veteran's affairs director under Rod Blagojevich.

Republican Senger is now running for state comptroller. Mendoza, the Democrat who currently holds that job, expressed outrage at Senger. She says Senger owes Duckworth an apology.

But the Senger campaign is not backing down. In a statement, the campaign says: "There is no doubt that the lack of proper funding for veterans over the last decade has exacerbated the problems we currently face."

The campaign maintains that veterans homes were underfunded during the time Duckworth was in charge.