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APNewsBreak: 2016 report put Quincy plumbing fix at $8M

Engineers told Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration 18 months ago that replacing problematic plumbing at a veterans' home beset by Legionnaires' disease would cost $8 million and "should be carefully considered," according to a report obtained by The Associated Press.

That estimate is far below the estimate — up to $30 million — that Illinois Veterans' Affairs Director Erica Jeffries has repeatedly told lawmakers it would cost to replace aged and corroded pipes at the Quincy veterans home. Legionnaires' there has led to the deaths of 13 residents since 2015 and has sickened dozens more, including three new cases this week.

The Veterans' Affairs Department took no...