Dozens of elderly residents who come from all over the state to live at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy have fallen ill over the last three years. 13 have died. The problem is Legionnaires’ disease, a form of pneumonia.
The bacteria is in the water at Illinois’ largest state-run veterans’ home - and despite the state’s efforts, residents keep getting sick. And some of the families of those who have died are now suing - saying they weren’t told about the disease in time to get their parents out - even though the state knew Legionnaires’ was there. Read and listen to WBEZ's report.