Rep. Welter statement on Auditor General’s findings of Pritzker Administration response to deadly COVID outbreak at LaSalle Veterans Home

Illinois House Republican Conference Chair Rep. David Welter, R-Morris, issued the following statement today in reaction to the Auditor General’s findings on the Pritzker Administration’s response to the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans Home in the fall of 2020 that claimed the lives of 36 of our state’s heroes:

“The Governor’s Office previously testified how the IDVA Director duped them regarding the outbreak’s severity. Today’s report from the Auditor General proves Governor Pritzker was the one who deceived us. His office had information from day one and failed to act. The Governor’s investigation into the matter was flawed, too narrowly focused, and purposely removed him and IDPH’s leadership team from scrutiny until today’s independent findings. The Governor can no longer cover up the truth, and he must be held accountable for his collapse of competence. Legislative hearings must be scheduled to determine how the administration failed so greatly in protecting our state’s heroes.”

Representative Welter serves the 75th District, which includes portions of Kendall, Grundy, LaSalle and Will Counties.