State Week: Why Are People Still Dying From Legionnaires At Illinois Veterans Home?

Over the last few years, 13 residents of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy have died from Legionnaires’ disease. Public radio station WBEZ this week published an investigation into problems at the home. The political reaction was swift, with calls for investigations that could last well into next year.

Meanwhile, former Gov. Pat Quinn is running for Illinois attorney general, and won the lottery to get the top spot on the ballot. Could that placement — and his wide name recognition — help him win in a crowded field of candidates?

Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler and Brian Mackey, and guest Dave McKinney of Chicago public radio station WBEZ-FM.

The State Week panel wants to hear your questions about state government.

For one of our end-of-year shows, we'd like to do a Q&A segment. If there's anything you've ever wondered about Illinois government and politics — whether a current event or something historical — we want to answer your question on air.

We'd also like you to ask your question on air. There are two ways to get in touch:

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  • Record a voice memo on your smart phone and email it to (Here's a helpful guide from NPR. Be sure to begin by saying who you are and where you're from, along the lines of: "Hi, I'm Brian Mackey from Springfield, and I've always wondered ...")

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