Rep. Welter visits LaSalle, proposes action on outbreak response

State Rep. David Welter (R-Morris) speaks outside the LaSalle Veterans Home to introduce new legislation he filed today, HB 4077, that would require the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Illinois Department of Public Health, upon being notified that an infectious disease outbreak has occurred, to immediately conduct an on-site visit to assess the status of the spread and determine if any additional actions can be taken to lessen exposure to the disease. (“Immediately” means as soon as is practical but no later than the end of the next business day.) Rep. Welter’s legislation is in response to the Pritzker Administration’s failure to conduct an on-site visit for nearly 11 days after the COVID-19 outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans Home in November 2020.

Rep. Welter also discusses other legislation filed in response to the LaSalle outbreak and how he is working with Rep. Lance Yednock (D-Ottawa) and Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) to fully address the failures that led to the tragedy at the LaSalle Veterans Home.

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