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Illinois to Replace Vets' Plumbing Amid Legionnaire's Crisis



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

    The announcement Wednesday comes after the Republican completed a weeklong stay at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy . Legionnaires' has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents there since 2015.

    Rauner committed to replacing water pipes at the 200-acre 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.

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