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Illinois Legionnaires Disease Report

In this July 27, 2016 file photo, Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks at the water treatment facility of the Illinois Veterans Home, in Quincy, Ill. A report obtained by The Associated Press shows engineers told Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration in 2016 that replacing problematic plumbing at a veterans’ home beset by Legionnaires’ disease would cost $8 million, much lower than the estimate provided by state officials. 

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner has tabbed a cabinet member to coordinate the administration's response to the Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the Quincy veterans' home.

The Republican announced Friday that Michael Hoffman will be senior adviser to Rauner with oversight of the Quincy situation.

Rauner has been criticized for his handling of a Legionnaires' outbreak at the Quincy home. The disease has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents and sickened dozens more. The pneumonia-like malady is caused by bacteria-infected water vapor that is inhaled. Four new cases were confirmed in February.

Hoffman is a retired U.S. Marine officer who had been director of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services. It's the state's personnel and procurement agency.

Lawmakers have questioned why Rauner hasn't taken recommended steps to reduce the bacteria.

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