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Cullerton, Haine, Castro: Governor’s lack of action raises more questions about handling of health crisis

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Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in response to the governor’s press conference at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy today:

“Another press conference, another plan, another contradiction and more waiting for our military veterans and their families as Governor Rauner tries to hide his mistakes and failures. Three years later and Gov. Rauner is still drafting plans but refusing to take any action.

“Just one week ago the bipartisan Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing and we were promised a rough draft by March 31 and final draft of actions to be taken by May. Shockingly, less than 10 days later, he presents a whole new plan.

“Our veterans deserve our very best. When our nation’s heroes check into state facilities they should be assured that they will live out their golden years with the best service and care possible. How much longer will our veterans and their loved ones wait for a real plan of action to be put in place because the governor can't make a decision? Maybe if 100 percent of his focus was on running the state instead of 100 percent on running for reelection our veterans would be safe now.”

State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) released this statement this afternoon:

“Classic bureaucrats. Three years after the crisis began they’re still talking about options and plans. There have been enough studies and reports and meetings. And that’s all the governor announced today. More studies and reports and meetings. The governor appears stuck on a political treadmill. Just do something already.”

Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) issued this:

“What is this guy talking about? Everything he said today was a contradiction of what we were told last week by his administration.”

“Last week we were told the nearby nursing home might not be option for housing veterans because the building is old and might have its own problems. Today we’re told it’s back on the table. Last week we were told a draft plan for fixing the Quincy campus would be done by the end of the month and a final plan ready by May 1. Today we hear about entirely new avenues that should be finalized by the fall.

“When is someone going to actually take charge and do something?

“This outbreak began in 2015. The governor already spent $60,000 worth of taxpayers’ money on two engineering reports only to now announce he’s throwing them out and spending even more on new experts to do new studies and offer up another new plan.

“I’ve got family members of deceased veterans contacting me because they’re frustrated and fed up with the Rauner administration.

“I don’t want to hear about plans and options and task forces and choices to be made at some future date. I want the governor to make a decision and do something right now.”

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