Springfield, IL… State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) has successfully shepherded a bill through the House and on to the Governor that will be an important part of the efforts to effectively address the Legionella outbreaks that have occurred since 2015 at the Quincy Veterans Home.
“We need to be able to use every tool and every avenue we have until the situation at Quincy is fully rectified,” Rep. McAuliffe said. “Any and all options should be on the table to make sure our veterans are getting the care that they deserve. With this bill we are ensuring that IDVA can move forward with any renovation plans and know that veterans will have a place they’re taken care of in the interim.”
House Bill 5683 changes the definition of “Veterans Home” to include a facility operated and maintained by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in the City of Quincy that provides housing to residents of the Veterans Home at Quincy. The idea to use a nearby vacant Sycamore Healthcare nursing home as a temporary facility for the Quincy veterans was among the many proposals to come from the task force created by the Governor in January to study solutions to the ongoing outbreak. The State would purchase the home for veterans to live in while the Quincy home is extensively renovated. The bill was proposed by the Illinois Department of Veteran’s Affairs and if efforts are made to move forward with the former Sycamore facility, it will be staffed by State of Illinois employees.
The bill was carried in the Senate by Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Murphysboro). It passed both the House and Senate Unanimously.