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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 veteran's home.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has delivered a report on reconstruction of the Quincy veterans' home beset by deadly Legionnaires' disease.

Members of the Illinois House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to deliver a plan by Friday for remedying a Legionnaires' disease crisis at the Quincy veterans home. 

A preliminary report on ending the Legionnaires' disease crisis at the Quincy veterans home recommends building a state-of-the-art facility and other improvements costing up to $278 million.

Records show that a top aide at the Illinois Department of Public Health took a leave of absence to work on political campaigns in the fall of 2016 while the agency faced the baffling return of deadly Legionnaires' disease at a state-run veterans home.

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Republican State Senator Jil Tracy of Quincy believes that gun bans won’t prevent school shootings and other acts of violence.

Tracy says knives, pipe bombs, and cars are also used to cause harm, so she questions the effectiveness of what she calls gun infringement bills. Tracy believes it makes more sense to focus on improving mental health care services in schools and throughout society. Tracy also says Hollywood and video game makers must accept some responsibility for de-sensitizing people to violence.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it will hire architectural and design teams by summer to redevelop the Quincy veterans' home campus hit by a Legionnaires' disease crisis.

Thousands of students at schools across Illinois participated in a national walkout to demand action on gun violence.

A study shows that the economic impact of the Illinois Veterans Home extends far beyond the city of Quincy and well above the facility's $54 million annual budget.

Email messages show state officials worked to put a positive spin on news coverage as a deadly Legionnaires disease outbreak unfolded at an Illinois veterans' home.

Senate Democrats blasted Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration for failing to appear to answer questions about a report showing a possible fix for a veterans' home beset by Legionnaires' disease would cost far less than what officials have repeatedly said.

A task force created by Illinois' governor to address the deadly Legionnaires' disease at the Illinois Veterans Home will review the possibility for new construction at the facility.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's re-election campaign has pulled a TV ad featuring Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who's facing allegations he blackmailed a woman to keep her quiet about their affair. 

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has pledged federal support for fixing problematic water supplies at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy where Legionnaires' disease has claimed 13 lives since 2015.

Surviving War, But Not The Veterans' Home

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Two cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported at a western Illinois veterans' home more than two years after an outbreak killed 12 people and sickened 54 at the facility. 

Experts say heavy rain and flooding affected northern Illinois in July while the central and southern parts of the state saw dry weather that caused crop damage.

A former Illinois prosecutor who was found not guilty two months ago in the 2006 death of his first wife has filed a federal lawsuit for damages.  Curtis Lovelace, his sons Logan and Lincoln, and his wife, Christine, on behalf of minor son Larson, filed suit against several officers and officials in Adams County and the city of Quincy.

A trucking bed and body company says it plans to expand in western Illinois, eventually adding as many as 250 jobs. Quincy-based Knapheide Manufacturing Co. will build an additional facility in Quincy over the next year.

Faculty members at Quincy University in western Illinois have presented the school's trustees with a 'no confidence' vote in President Robert Gervasi.  The action deals with the Catholic liberal arts university's financial challenges. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state's doing everything possible to reduce the risk of further contamination by legionella bacteria at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

Rauner visited the home Wednesday, a day after state officials reported two residents have new cases of Legionnaires' disease.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Nirva Shah said at a news conference that both affected residents have been treated and released from a hospital.

Jury deliberations are underway in the first-degree murder trial of a former Quincy prosecutor and University of Illinois football captain accused of killing his wife on Valentine's Day in 2006.

A Missouri woman who pleaded guilty to breaking into a Quincy museum has been sentenced to three years in prison.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin wants a federal review of the state's response to a Legionnaires' disease outbreak that killed 12 residents of a western Illinois veterans home.

Legionnaires' disease has claimed the life of a 13th person in Quincy following the death of another Illinois veterans' home resident.

Officials at the Illinois veterans' home where nine elderly residents have died from Legionnaires' disease say they still have not pinpointed the water-borne bacteria's source. 

Ten people in western Illinois now have died from Legionnaires' disease after a state veterans home reported two new fatalities among its residents.

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs says two more residents at its Quincy veterans home have been sickened by Legionnaires' disease.  This boosts the total number of people stricken in the outbreak to 52.

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