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GOP Attorney General Candidate Calls for Investigation of Legionnaires' Outbreak


A Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General says there should be an independent investigation into the state’s handling of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks at a veterans’ home.

Erika Harold is supported by Governor Bruce Rauner, who has defended his administration’s response to the outbreaks even though residents there keep getting sick.

At a forum for attorney general candidates today streamed on facebook - Harold was asked if there’s potentially a case for criminal negligence by state officials. Harold says it’s too soon to know.

HAROLD: I wouldn’t prejudge the evidence but I think there should be an independent investigation and see where the evidence leads.

Harold’s Republican primary opponent - Gary Grasso - said he wouldn’t assume criminal behavior before there was a full investigation.