William R. Haine

Lawmaker rips Rauner on Legionnaires' response at vets' home

A Democratic state senator ripped Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday over the Legionnaires' disease crisis at the Quincy veterans home, saying the Republican's administration has been sitting on viable options for more than a year and officials "need to make a decision and get it done."

Sen. William Haine was incensed Rauner cabinet members did not attend a committee hearing to answer questions about an August 2016 report obtained by The Associated Press last week. It showed replacing antiquated plumbing would cost $8 million, far less than what Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Erica Jeffries has repeatedly told lawmakers was the cost listed in the report.