QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state will spend about $3 million to help build a new water source in a western Illinois community where Legionnaires’ disease has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents of a state veterans’ home.
Rauner said Wednesday Illinois will split the cost with the city of Quincy, which currently gets water from the Mississippi River. He says the new well will provide “cleaner and safer” water. Legionnaire’s is caused by waterborne bacteria inhaled from vapor.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup Continues
The Republican also called on the Democratic-controlled Legislature to approve up to $230 million for a new veteran’s home. He says legislation to provide the funds, which the GOP sponsor filed Wednesday, “should have been sent to my desk already.”READ MORE: At Least 10 Shot, 1 Killed In Weekend Violence In Chicago
Democratic Senate President John Cullerton says legislative leaders learned of the measure Tuesday night and lawmakers want to discuss possible funding for other veteran’s homes.MORE NEWS: Bill For Reparations For Black Evanston Residents Soon To Go Up For Vote; Some Say It's Insufficient And Could Make Things Worse
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