The following statement can be attributed to State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) following the November 24th hearing of the Veterans Affairs Committee on the COVID outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans' Home:
"Today's hearing raised more questions than it answered about the terrible tragedy at the LaSalle Veterans' Home. It's inexplicable to me that IDPH officials were aware of the COVID-19 outbreak but did not conduct a site visit until 10 days later. This delay potentially cost the lives of some of the facility's residents. I firmly believe that further hearings are necessary to identify what measures could have saved lives, and what steps need to be taken to protect the residents moving forward."