Veterans Home

The time to pay the piper may be here soon, as attorneys have sued the state on behalf of a man who died following COVID-19 exposure at the La Salle Veterans Home in November.

The suit alleges the facility was negligent in failing to protect 90-year-old Richard Cieski Senior, a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Lawyers for the family say the Veterans Home didn't take precautions against the spread of the virus, or prepare for it properly, in the eight months between the onset of the pandemic and Cieski's death.

Thirty-six residents of the home died in the November outbreak.

The legal team also says staff members at the La Salle Veterans Home were given three-day COVID tests but continued to work while waiting for results. It's a matter of record that it took nearly two weeks for the Illinois Department of Public Health to investigate the outbreak.

State Senator Sue Rezin is sponsoring a bill that would require IDPH and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to make on-site visits within one business day of when an outbreak is identified. 

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