Gov. Rauner speaks publicly at IL Veterans Home in Quincy

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Gov. Bruce Rauner addressed the public regarding his stay at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy on Wednesday.

The Republican's office released a notice Tuesday evening that he will speak at an 11:30 a.m. news conference at the home.

The Quincy facility has had an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents since 2015 and sickened dozens more.

A report of a lawsuit by 11 families against the state last month increased pressure on Rauner for a response. He took up residence at the home on Jan. 3 to live among the residents and get a better understanding of operations and water-management there.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state will replace plumbing at a home for military veterans that's been troubled by Legionnaires' disease.

Rauner committed to replacing water pipes at the 200-acre (81-hectare) facility, while also saying he would look into building a new dorm.

Legionnaires' is a severe form of pneumonia caused by bacteria that grows in water systems. A Rauner administration official says replacing the plumbing could cost $30 million.

Rauner took a room last week at the home 285 miles (460 kilometers) southwest of Chicago. He says he ate meals, took showers and drank the water with 300-plus residents and employees.

You can watch the entire speech below or click here to watch our Facebook live.

KHQA's Marcus Espinoza will have the latest tonight on KHQA News with what's next.

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