Lawmakers and candidates weigh in on veterans home audit

Lawmakers and candidates are blasting the handling of the COVID-19 outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans Home in the fall of 2020 following the release of a report on the situation Thursday from the Illinois Auditor General’s Office.

Republican Morris State Senator Sue Rezin says the audit tells the story of a governor who fatally mismanaged the state’s response, abdicated in his responsibility to protect veterans in the state, and then tried to hide it with an investigation that he arranged. Rezin says the Senate needs to have hearings to hold Governor J.B. Pritzker’s administration accountable.

Democratic Oswego State Representative Stephanie Kifowit says that it is unfortunate that so many lives were lost in a complete breakdown in communication. Kifowit, who is a veteran, chairs the IL House Veterans Affairs Committee and says the soon-to-be formed Veterans Accountability Unit will help to address issues in the auditor’s report.

Democratic Ottawa State Representative Lance Yednock says that he’s frustrated and disappointed that that there wasn’t better coordination between the various agencies to recognize and address the increasingly serious infection rate the veterans home.

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Richard Irvin says that as veteran, he feels it is disheartening and beyond disturbing that Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health were aware of the outbreak at the veterans home but neglected to take action that could have saved lives.


May 6, 2022 at 09:38AM

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