Some people called on Linda Chapa LaVia to resign as the director of the Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs because of the coronavirus outbreak at the LaSalle veteran's home. She did after a House Civil Judiciary Committee hearing this morning. Someone on the committee asked if the pressure’s getting to her. Chapa LaVia didn't give any indication in her reply that it was. She said some people are fully supporting her.
The coronavirus outbreak has claimed 36 veterans’ lives at the LaSalle home. Chapa LaVia says Illinois veteran's homes avoided COVID-19 for a long time and scrambled to deal with it when it got in. LaVia said given the infection rates in the community around the veteran's home, it was just a matter of time before someone on the staff brought the coronavirus into the veteran's home despite efforts to keep it out. She says the staff treat the residents like family and still cry over the deaths.