SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – House Republicans are urging the Illinois Attorney General to open a criminal investigation into the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home.
House Republican Leader Jim Durkin wrote a letter to Attorney General Kwame Raoul calling for the investigation Tuesday. Durkin stated the care of aged veterans in state facilities should rise to the highest standard of care.
The Western Springs Republican also referred to the recent Inspector General’s report on the outbreak. He argues the report showed the state didn’t meet that standard for the heroic veterans at the LaSalle facility.
Durkin also cited a state law addressing felony charges for abuse and criminal neglect of residents at long-term care facilities.
“The loss of 36 Illinois heroes at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home demands accountability and a thorough investigation by your office,” Durkin wrote. “I ask that your office open an investigation on this issue and if appropriate prosecute to the fullest extent. Please advise me at the earliest moment of your office’s position.”
Eleven House GOP members signed the letter with Durkin.
Meanwhile, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee is set to hold a hearing Tuesday afternoon to specifically address the problems found at the home during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will also hold a hearing on the issue Friday afternoon.
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