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Steering committee formed to promote Quincy vets' home

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Mayor Kyle Moore announces a steering committee to promote the vets' home. Mayor Kyle Moore announces a steering committee to promote the vets' home.
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

State and city leaders announced a steering committee Thursday morning in Quincy to promote the Illinois Veterans' Home during legislative hearings next week in Chicago.

The committee's main concern is representing the home during a legislative hearing Tuesday in Chicago and push to keep the home open.

Quincy's Illinois Veterans' Home has the attention of state lawmakers. That has prompted Quincy city leaders to form a committee to make sure the vets' home isn't caught up in a politics.

"I think this is a great opportunity for both side of the isle, the democrats and republicans, to come together in a common cause to help our Veterans," State Representative Randy Frese said.

Mayor Kyle Moore said the home is vital to Quincy with over 500 jobs and millions of dollars invested in the community. The bi-partisan group began meeting two weeks ago to invite legislators to visit the home.

"I think when legislatures from across the state, hear of what's been done, they're going to know that the Vets' home has made the best attempts to eradicate this new bacteria," Moore added.

While the steering committee promotes the Vets' home and lays out future goals, officials on the grounds of the home are still trying to figure out what's going on and trying to get rid of the legionella bacteria."

"We followed everyone of the CDC recommendations," Superintendent Troy Culbertson said. "We have meticulously followed, to a T, every recommendation."

Despite another death in 2016 related to legionaries disease, bringing the death toll to 13, the committee still believes the home belongs in Quincy.

"Legionnaires can break out in any town at anytime," Moore added. "It's simply not an issue of Quincy, Illinois."

Click here to read extensive coverage of the Legionella issues at the vets' home.

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