Rauner to visit veterans home after Legionnaires diagnoses

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is scheduled to visit the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy a day after state officials reported two residents have new cases of Legionnaires’ disease.

Last year, Legionnaires’ disease sickened 53 people and led to 12 deaths at the home. The cases the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs disclosed Tuesday come less than a month after a nearly $5 million water treatment plant and delivery system was unveiled at the facility. The bacteria that cause the disease can be inhaled in water vapor.

Rauner’s schedule says the governor was to visit the western Illinois facility Wednesday morning and receive an update on water treatment there.

Federal officials have previously said the bacteria that cause the disease were likely spread by an aging water system at the 129-year-old facility.