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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner discussed several state issues at a news conference in Rockford Friday.

The event began as a private roundtable with small business owners at the Field Fastener company. They aired various grievances regarding state policy and how it affects their companies.  Field Fastener President Jim Derry said many of his current customers are outside the area or the state, compared with when he began the business 27 years ago, and said reforms are needed.

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The water system at a state-run veterans’ home in Quincy where 13 people have died of Legionnaires’ disease may never be fully cleansed of the bacteria that causes the sometimes fatal illness, and more cases could be inevitable, federal public health authorities warned Thursday.

This arch acknowledges the original name of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. The name was changed in 1974.Credit Andrew Gill/WBEZEdit | Remove

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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is again criticizing Governor Bruce Rauner’s handling of Legionnaires’ disease at a veterans home, saying “We need solutions, not cover-ups.”

 Durbin’s statement comes after WBEZ published a 2015 email from Nirav Shah - the state’s public health director. In it he writes agency officials waited six days after they knew an epidemic was on their hands at the Quincy veterans’ home before publicizing it.

Cabinet Secretary Visits Quincy To Discuss Opioid Epidemic

Aug 4, 2017
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price visited Quincy Thursday morning to hear how local organizations are dealing with the rise in opioid-related deaths nationwide.

He spoke in a private round table with representatives of local law enforcement, emergency responders, and health-care providers. Price said the opioid crisis is one of the top three priorities for his agency.

Feds Reimburse $4M For Quincy Veterans Home Water System

Feb 1, 2017
CDC

The federal government is reimbursing Illinois more than $4 million for a new water treatment facility at a Quincy veterans home that was the site of a Legionnaires Disease outbreak.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was awarding the money to the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, which would reimburse the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

An outbreak of the disease killed 12 people and sickened at least 54 in 2015 and a federal report found the bacteria was likely spread by an aging water system.