Debate on Raising Caps on Tort Payouts from $100k to $2 Million Gets Heated and Personal

Illinois House Chamber – in a debate on SB-2481, a bill that would raise the potential payout to those injured by the liable acts of government, got heated and personal when Rep Stephanie Kifowit (D) suggested that Rep Peter Breen (R) and his family should know what it’s like to drink water tainted with legionella bacteria, get sick and die.

Rep Kifowit said later she was not truly hoping Breen and his family would die, but that it was a “hypothetical” example so that Breen would understand the seriousness of the loss felt by those veterans’ families, who lost their family member to Legionaire’s disease in the Veterans’ Home in Quincy.

The bill under debate, SB-2481, would raise the potential payout to those who suffered a loss due to the actions of government, from $100,000 to $2,000,000.

The recent outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Quincy, caused many to question the policies and procedures employed by the state. This bill would also raise the POTENTIAL cap on compensation due to government negligence, from $100,000 to $2,000,000.

Yet in the midst of this debate, a firestorm of accusations against lawmakers, sets the stage for some over-the-top comments and accusations against Rep Breen, and Rep Stephanie Kifowit.

In response, Rep Jeanne Ives (R), in a heated address from the floor, calls out Rep Kifowit (D) for her use suggesting Rep Breen (R) and his family should die a death from Legionaire’s disease.

Ives says THIS is the sort of thing that the Democrats have done in the campaign as well — making unfounded accusations against Republican candidates.