After spending much of his gubernatorial campaign making promises to the veterans of Illinois that he’d protect them, Pritzker’s failure to enact infection prevention protocols to keep veterans safe is the ultimate height of hypocrisy.
March 24, 2021
An interagency report, dated March 9th but made public only last Friday, details the Pritzker Administration’s failures to protect veterans at multiple state-run facilities. According to the report, the Pritzker Administration failed to implement numerous recommended infection prevention policies in the run-up to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, 79 veterans died at state-run facilities due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
From Capitol News Illinois:
“A joint report from two state agencies and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found Illinois’ four state-run veterans homes lack standardized infection prevention policies despite previous audits suggesting they be implemented…
“While the report is dated March 9, it was only made public Friday, according to an IDVA spokesperson.
“The report references the May 2019 audit issued after the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans Home that made similar findings about the lack of uniform policies across facilities and the need to create them.
“But, when the pandemic hit Illinois in March 2020, those policies had not been enacted.”
In 2018, then-candidate Pritzker said, “we need to stand up for those that defend our nation and the way to do that is to make sure they’re safe and especially when they’re under the care of the Governor and the government of the state of Illinois.” What changed in 2020?