Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker to consider settlements with families of victims at Quincy veterans home

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Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker said Friday his new administration would consider reaching settlements with the families of a dozen people who filed lawsuits alleging negligence against the state over Legionella disease-related deaths at the state’s veterans home in Quincy.

Pritzker said such consideration was prompted by the action of lawmakers who earlier this week overrode Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation and enacted a $2 million cap on damages awarded through the Court of Claims to replace the previous $100,000 limit.

“I think there’s the opportunity now for fairer settlements to be reached and there’s no doubt we’re going to move forward and try to get justice for all the families that were affected,” Pritzker said.

“This has been a terrible tragedy and, so there’s no doubt about it, there were mistakes made. And I think, you know, we’re going to have to work out going forward, on a settlement basis likely, what each family will receive. But I’m glad that the caps were raised,” he said.

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November 30, 2018 at 05:51PM

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