State Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) wrote to Attorney General Kwame Raoul once again asking for an investigation into the poor practices that led to a massive COVID outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home and the death of 36 veterans in the state’s care.
On May 11th, 2021 House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and other Republican Caucus members sent a letter to Attorney General Raoul. The letter was a response to the scathing report issued by the Acting Inspector General for the Illinois Department of Human Services. “The report outlined such disorganized leadership that it rises to the level of potential criminality,” Rep. Mazzochi explained. “An investigation by the Attorney General’s office is absolutely warranted.” Specifically, the letter cited a statute in the Illinois Criminal Code that addresses abuse and neglect of the elderly and disabled.
“The overwhelming and avoidable loss of life at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home demands accountability and action,” Rep. Mazzochi said.
AG Raoul has yet to respond or open an investigation into the actions taken before and after the outbreak by either the executive branch, those leading the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, or those running the facility. “If the Attorney General does not believe an investigation is warranted, even after reading the IG report, when he chose to investigate the Legionnaires outbreak under the previous governor for two years, then it’s not accountability; it’s politics,” Rep. Mazzochi continued. “At the very least we should know why the AG is refusing to investigate and what action we in the legislature can take to tighten up the law to prevent such atrocious mishandling of our veterans care.”
In a followup letter, Rep. Mazzochi is demanding answers to the Attorney General’s position on the matter. Rep. Mazzochi further asks the Attorney General: “If the law as currently constituted is insufficient to protect them [our veterans], we need to know now so that appropriate statutory adjustments can be prepared in advance of the next legislative session.”
The letter was sent to Attorney General Raoul’s office on Friday, July 30th and was signed by over two dozen fellow State Representatives.