Willful Negligence: Rauner Administration “Waited Six Days to Publicize Legionnaires’ Outbreak”

Public Health Expert Calls Delay “Mind Boggling” and “Inexcusable”

Chicago, IL – A new report in an ongoing WBEZ investigation exposes the Rauner administration’s willful negligence in its mishandling of the Legionnaires’ crisis that has taken 13 lives.
Even though Rauner’s public health director acknowledged that “the situation was the beginning of an epidemic,” the Rauner administration still waited six days to go public with the Legionnaires’ outbreak in Quincy. A public health expert called the delay “mind boggling” and “inexcusable.” Rauner’s public health department also admitted to three additional cases of Legionnaires’ in Quincy, doubling the cases that were previously confirmed just weeks ago.
“Bruce Rauner’s willful negligence is coming into focus as reports expose significant delays in releasing information and a failure to report all confirmed Legionnaires’ cases,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “This administration hid information from Veterans, their families, and the public as Rauner let a health crisis spiral out of control and our nation’s heroes died on his watch.”


Michael Berger