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Illinois Govs Race Takes Up Legionnaires' Issue

Illinois General Assembly

Governor Bruce Rauner’s Republican primary opponent is criticizing his handling of a series of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks at a state-run veterans’ home.

Rauner lived in the Quincy facility for nearly a week - and he defends his administration’s handling of the outbreaks even though he’s now considering replacing the plumbing.

Thirteen people there have died from the water-borne bacteria.

Rauner’s primary opponent - State Representative Jeanne Ives says, "before we were told that the entire water system was the cleanest water you could drink the state of Illinois. And now finally there’s an admittance that possibly the entire system needs to be ripped out."

Ives says she would consider building a new facility in another part of Quincy.