Pritzker Administration’s Failure to Implement Safety Recommendations Could Have Saved Veteran Lives

Pritzker Administration’s Failure to Implement Safety Recommendations Could Have Saved Veteran Lives

Why did it take 36 veterans deaths for Governor Pritzker to ensure his Veterans Affairs department was taking action to protect our heroes?

May 13, 2021

Following the release of the inspector general’s scathing report on the LaSalle Veterans’ Home, it was discovered that the Pritzker Administration failed to implement recommendations from the 2019 health and safety audit. That audit specifically recommended that all state veterans’ homes implement a uniformed infection control policy.

When asked why his administration did not implement these recommendations, Pritzker did not take responsibility but merely said he was “upset” and “extraordinarily disappointed”.

Why did it take 36 veterans deaths for Governor Pritzker to ensure his Veterans Affairs department was taking action to protect our heroes?

This negligence coming from the same person, who in 2018, slammed his opponent saying, “This is what happens when a governor refuses to take charge and accept responsibility. This is what failure looks like.” This coming from the same person who in 2018 said, “I will commit myself to finishing the job of keeping our veterans safe.” This coming from the same person who back in April of 2020 said, “And for Veterans Affairs, our teams at our veterans home are ensuring that our state’s military heroes receive the care that they deserve.”

“Governor Pritzker lied and failed when it came to keeping our veteran heroes safe,” said Kayleen Carlson, executive director of Illinois Rising Action. “This Governor ran on keeping our veterans safe but as we’ve found out, his administration couldn’t even be bothered with implementing safety recommendations from a health and safety audit that could have saved 36 veterans. Governor Pritzker failed our veteran heroes when they needed him most.”

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