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March 6, 2018

Illinois to raze dorms after 13 deaths by Legionnaire's

  • The state installed a new water-treatment plant and took other steps trying to stop the problem in residence halls for veterans.
    AP Political Writer

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration announced on Monday that it plans to replace residence halls at the Quincy veterans' facility which housed victims of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak responsible for the deaths 13 people and making dozens more ill since 2015.

    The plan, revealed by Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Erica Jeffries at a legislative hearing in Chicago, comes after a pledge by the Republican governor less than two months ago that he would replace antiquated plumbing which could provide harbor for the bacteria that causes the deadly, pneumonia-like malady. Rauner did say at the time a newly constructed facility could be a long-term option.

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