A legislator from the Democratic State of Illinois is slated to resign after announcing Tuesday that he wants to mix a "broth of Legionella bacteria" to infect "the loved one" of his Republican colleague.
State representative Stephanie Kifowit's remark against GOP representative Peter Breen spoke in the middle of a heated debate on a bill to help families of people who have died or become sick as a result a legionnaire's outbreak in a state-run veterans' home.
The Republican had raised questions about the details and the cost of the plan, on which the Republican governor Bruce Rauner had vetoed. He called for raising the limit of damages that the state could pay in civil cases from $ 100,000 to $ 2 million, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
"And, yes, we know that personal injury lawyers will pretend to be bandits, which they tend to do every time they appear before the General Assembly," Breen said.
This prompted the Democrat, who co-sponsored the proposal, to pick on him.
"To the representative of Lombard, I would like to make him a broth of Legionella and inject it into the water system of his loved one so that they can be infected, that they can be mistreated, that they can sit and suffer while getting aspirin be treated properly and finally die, "she said.
"To the representative of Lombard, I would like to make him a broth of Legionella and inject it into the water system of his loved one so that they can be infected, that they can be mistreated, that they can sit and suffer while getting aspirin be properly treated and eventually die. "
At the microphone, Breen accused Kifowit of wishing his family death.
Later, Kifowit, a Marine Corps veteran, went to Twitter to say that her comments were misinterpreted and that she "clearly wanted" that he would imagine "if it was your family, hypothetically speaking."
Republican Jeanne Ives was also offended by Kifowit's remarks, the Chicago Tribune reported.
"How dare you, how do you dare to concoct some sort of story on brewing a lot of legionella and let him feed it to his family," said Ives. "How dare you take the debate and debate on a very serious bill that has a huge cost for both sides, both for the victim and for the state taxpayers? How dare you take an honest debate on a matter and then wish death to my colleague Peter Breen, his wife and his two adopted children?
In a tweet, the Republican Party of Illinois called on Kifowit to resign.
The Illinois House of Representatives later voted 71-36 to cancel Rauner's veto, the Sun-Times reported. The bill was passed earlier this year to help the families of 14 dead and dozens of people who became ill as a result of Legionnaires' outbreak at the Illinois Veteran Home in Quincy, about 280 km south. West of Chicago.
At least a dozen state negligence cases have been filed since the outbreak of Legionnaire's disease beginning in 2015 in the post-civil war era.