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State settles lawsuit over Vets’ Home deaths

QUINCY (WGEM) — The State of Illinois has settled a lawsuit over deaths from Legionnaires Disease at the Illinois Veterans' Home.

The agreement between Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and the families who lost loved ones during the Legionnaires Disease outbreaks at the home was filed this week.

The payments range from $75,000 to over three-quarters of a million dollars and will be paid out when lawmakers agree on a budget for the next fiscal year.

The Attorney Generals office issued the following statement.

We recognize that no dollar amount can ever replace a lost loved one. We focused on reaching a fair outcome for the families impacted. As we do in all civil cases, we endeavored to balance the interests of the plaintiffs with our responsibility to the people of Illinois, and we tried to do so with compassion and professionalism. Throughout the mediation process, the mediator made recommendations in each of the 12 cases that both the families and the state accepted as a reasonable and fair resolution of the claims. Attorney General Raoul expresses his heartfelt condolences to the families of those whose lives were lost.​

As part of the deal, the victims' names will go on a memorial plaque inside the new Vets' Home that's under construction.

The Vets' Home is currently undergoing renovations to eliminate a problem it faces with Legionnaires' Disease that killed 14 people and sickened 67 others since 2015.

The latest case of Legionnaires' at the home was reported in December.

To read more about the impact of Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Vets' Home, click here.

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