SPRINGFIELD – Two Illinois State Senators are asking for additional hearings regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and deaths at the LaSalle Veterans Home. Republican State Senators Paul Schimpf and Sue Rezin are asking for an additional Veterans Affairs hearing to be held after 36 residents have died from complications related to the novel coronavirus. In a letter sent to the Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Senator Tom Cullerton, the two Senators want answers as to why it took 13 days to get a team from IDPH to the home after the outbreak was identified.
“It has been over two months since the deadly outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home, and we have had only two legislative hearings on the subject,” said Sen. Rezin. “The people of Illinois deserve to know how this virus was able to run rampant through the home. The Illinois Department of Public Health must tell us why it took them 12 days to conduct a site visit. There is no good reason for us not to have a hearing during lame-duck session and certainly no acceptable excuse for IDPH to refuse to testify.”