Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker was in Quincy on Friday.
He was joined by Secretary of State Jesse White for a roundtable discussion with veterans at Thyme Square.
Pritzker blamed Governor Rauner for under funding state services for veterans and others during the more than two-year budget impasse.
Pritzker also accused the Governor of mismanaging the Legionnaires’ crisis at the Illinois Veterans’ Home, which led to the deaths of 13 residents. Pritzker says, if elected, he’s committed to following through with current plans to build a new vets’ home in Quincy.
"Replacing the pipes and doing some remedial work in the buildings does not fulfill that. It’s our obligation to build a new building and make sure we’re treating those veterans as we ought to, as they deserve. They protected us, it’s our job to protect them," Pritzker said.
A Rauner spokesperson recently told a Peoria newspaper that when the Quincy veterans’ home needed him, Rauner took action, including following Center for Disease Control recommendations.