(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Rauner’s administration has delivered a report on the reconstruction of the Quincy Veterans’ Home beset by deadly Legionnaires’ disease. The report released Tuesday calls for building a state-of-the-art residential facility for $190 to $230 million, less than expected by a preliminary report issued in April. The pneumonia-like Legionnaires’ has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents at the Quincy home since 2015. The new plan also calls for an entirely new system of underground plumbing for about $15 million and developing a separate underground water source for the home at about $4.5 million. Backup housing would cost about $6 million. No word as to where the report goes from here.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Senate has approved requiring public schools to teach LGBT history. The vote yesterday was 34 to 18 to require the schools to teach a history unit on the role in society and contributions of gays, lesbians, and other LGBT individuals. The bill’s sponsor, Chicago Democratic Senator Heather Stearns says this is consistent with state law that already requires students learn the history of races or ethnicities like blacks, Asians, Hungarians, and French people. The plan would allow schools to maintain control over how the topic is taught. The bill advances to the State House for its consideration.