Lawmakers Vote To Allow Higher Payouts For Legionnaires’ Victims’ Families
Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto to allow higher legal payouts in a dozen pending lawsuits against the state over Legionnaires’ deaths at the veterans’ home in downstate Quincy.
The vote means families of Legionnaires’ victims at the home can now receive up to $2 million dollars in damages if they win their negligence lawsuits. The previous limit was $100,000.
Morning Shift discusses the latest development in the Legionnaires’ story, which comes as a result of WBEZ’s year-long investigation in the deaths at the home and the way the Rauner administration responded to them.
Tony Arnold, WBEZ State Politics reporter