Illinois Senate votes to restore $2 million cap on claims

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Doug Finke State Capitol Bureau @DougFinkeSJR

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Nov 14, 2018 at 5:20 PM
Nov 14, 2018 at 5:20 PM


Illinois senators Wednesday voted to raise the amount of money families of veterans who died at the Quincy veterans home can collect from the state.

The chamber voted 46-8 to restore a $2 million cap on awards that can be made by the Illinois Court of Claims. In an amendatory veto of Senate Bill 2481, Gov. Bruce Rauner wanted to set the cap at $300,000. It is currently $100,000.

Illinois lawmakers voted to raise the cap after news reports last spring that families of veterans who died in Legionnaire’s outbreaks at the state-run Quincy veterans home could collect at most $100,000 from the Court of Claims. Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Tinley Park, the bill’s sponsor, said both that amount and Rauner’s recommended amount were unacceptable.

“This bill is special. It’s a special bill because 15 people had to die over the course of three years,” Hastings said. “This will give the families that are victims of what I would call gross negligence (relief). The situation at Quincy is extremely unfortunate.”

Hastings recounted delays in notifying residents and their families of the outbreaks at the facility and other information that he said should be been disclosed earlier than it was. The Rauner administration has said it reacted appropriately to the multiple outbreaks at the facility.

“I think the only person who is against this bill is a soon-to-be-former governor,” Hastings said.

The bill now goes to the House, which passed it in May with more than enough votes to override the amendatory veto.

The state is now in the process of constructing a new facility in Quincy to house aging veterans.

Contact Doug Finke: doug.finke@sj-r.com, 788-1527, twitter.com/dougfinkesjr.

 

 

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November 14, 2018 at 05:41PM

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