Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) said this week he would convene a task force to look at how to best overhaul a state veterans home and prevent another outbreak of Legionnaires’.
The disease killed 13 and sickened dozens at a state-run facility in Quincy, IL.
Rauner’s announcement Wednesday followed his weeklong stay at the facility, which some called an election-year publicity stunt.
“I’ve taken all my showers every day in the showers here, and I’ve drunken water from the sinks as well as other sources, and I’ve had a great time with our veterans and staff,” Rauner told reporters Wednesday.
His administration has faced widespread criticism for its response to the Legionnaires’ crisis. Sen. Dick Durbin (D – IL) had called for the building’s shutdown, at least until the building’s water system is replaced.
Rauner’s task force announcement Wednesday was accompanied by a statement that he would still consider replacing more pipes, in addition to $6 million already invested in a new water filtration system.