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Veterans’ agency audit ordered after Legionnaire’s case

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered a health and safety audit of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs after a case of Legionnaire’s Disease was discovered at the Manteno veteran’s home.

The Democrat toured the home Friday before signing an order for a report within four months on agency health and safety issues and communications procedures.

The case in Manteno, 45 miles (72 kilometers) south of Chicago, involves a resident. Officials cited privacy for not releasing details.

Legionnaire’s is a flu-like illness contracted when infected water vapor is inhaled. Pritzker criticized former Gov. Bruce Rauner for the Republican’s handling of a Legionnaire’s crisis at the Quincy veterans home beginning in 2015. It led to the deaths of 14 people.

The state is reconstructing the Quincy campus with new plumbing at Rauner’s direction.

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