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Michael E. Hastings
Husband, father, & believer of God. Army Football brotherhood, West Point & Fighting Illini grad, US Army combat vet, Attorney, & Illinois State Senator.
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Army Football Apr 14
The realm must pick one leader to defeat the Night King. Jeff of the House Monken, the First of His Name, King of the Black Flag, Lord of Michie, Breaker of Streaks, Sinker of Ships, Warrior on the Hudson, the Second Singer and Warden of the Brotherhood.
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IL Senate Democrats Apr 11
: I don't think this bill goes far enough; $40,000 is not too much for teachers across Illinois. They deserve a fair working wage.
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AARP Illinois Apr 11
Thank you for supporting SB1510, so nursing home residents don’t suffer neglect, infection, unauthorized psychotropic drugging and even death due to inadequate staffing. We now look to members of the House to show the same compassion and leadership.
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IL Attorney General Apr 11
AG Raoul’s SB 161 helps protect workers & level the playing field for employers. Thanks to sponsors Sen. John Curran, , , , for their leadership. Learn more about how SB 161 benefits workers:
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IL Senate Democrats Apr 4
works to expand Law Enforcement Officer Intern Program
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Sam Dunklau Apr 4
Today's Senate Snap belongs to who, upon seeing me slouched at my press box seat in the Senate, asked, 'You awake?' My response: In THIS exciting chamber? You bet!
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GEN(R) Marty Dempsey Apr 2
“A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him” (Aesop). Same with a leader. They should be consistent in sowing confidence not doubt, trust not uncertainty.
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Dave McKinney Mar 25
Mautino's auditors looked at how IDVA responded to 10 random positive Legionella tests. In July 2018, auditors asked what specific remediation was taken to the positive hits. Six tries later, the home produced "some information" on 3/5/19, a day after audit responses were due.
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Dave McKinney Mar 25
In fact, per Mautino's audit, "auditors reviewed the medical records for the 45 residents who had disease onset after Aug. 21 [the day in 2015 when multiple Legionnaires' cases were confirmed] and found that none received increased monitoring prior to the onset of symptoms."
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Dave McKinney Mar 25
Once Legionnaires' was confirmed at Quincy, the Rauner administration said it increased monitoring for skilled-care residents to every four hours and independent care residents to twice daily. But Mautino said he could find no documentation to show that edict was implemented.
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Dave McKinney Mar 25
In another email WBEZ never saw, ex-IDVA Director Erica Jeffries gave conflicting guidance about telling families their loved ones might have Legionnaires'. At first, she had no issues with doing that, then said: "The issue there is that they will hear the worst and run with it."
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Michael E. Hastings Mar 25
Thanks to for all of your hard work investigating the atrocities at Quincy Veteran’s Home. Your great journalism truly made a difference. — H
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Dave McKinney Mar 25
Mautino audit cites an email WBEZ never saw from ex-IDPH Director Nirav Shah four days after multiple Legionnaires' cases were confirmed and two days before the first public statement: "I honestly didn't realize that so many other residents and employees at the facility are ill."
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Dave McKinney Mar 25
The Mautino audit hits both the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs and Department of Public Health hard. Of IDPH, the report says officials there "often did not know the seriousness of the problem at the Quincy Veterans' Home."
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Dave McKinney Mar 25
As recently as 2018, this section of plumbing shows the system through which Quincy veterans’ home residents were getting their hot water. The photo is included in a state audit released today by Auditor General Frank Mautino.
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Dave McKinney Mar 25
Audit Criticizes Rauner’s Handling Of Deadly Vets’ Home Legionnaires’ Outbreaks
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Dave McKinney Mar 25
The report says state Public Health officials didn't visit the home until three days after multiple cases were confirmed. Even a week later, after two died, ex-IDPH director Nirav Shah didn't think CDC involvement was "necessary right now." A day later, he changed his mind.
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Dave McKinney Mar 25
Auditor General Frank Mautino's report says it could find "no documentation" at the facility to support stepped-up monitoring of residents until after they showed signs of Legionnaires' in the days after multiple cases were confirmed in August 2015.
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Dave McKinney Mar 25
Stinging state audit of the fatal 2015 Legionnaires' outbreak at the Quincy vets' home concludes for at least six days after multiple confirmed cases, "there was limited notification or specific procedures provided to the nursing staff...that were necessary to protect residents."
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The Sunday Spin Mar 24
Today's guest lineup included Chicago mayoral candidate Lori ; Democratic State Sen. Mike discussed gun and mental health issues; & deputy leader talked graduated tax. Listen to the full podcast here:
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