Republicans in the House today exploded in anger over the comments of @RepKifowit in which she spoke of Rep Peter Breen's family drinking a stew of Legionella bacteria. Kifowit said she was making a hypothetical comment, not actually wishing harm to Breen's family @ilgop SB-2481 pic.twitter.com/eF6bDOKYIs
— IllinoisChannel (@IllinoisChannel) November 27, 2018
Via Daily Herald:
State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit apologized Wednesday to outgoing Republican House Leader Peter Breen for saying she’d like to “make him a broth of legionella and pump it into the water system of his loved ones” so they could “ultimately die.”
Kifowit, an Oswego Democrat, made the remarks on the House floor Tuesday as legislators prepared to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of a bill to increase the cap of what the state might pay in damage awards from $100,000 to $2 million.
The legislation is aimed at families of those affected by a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
“I offer my sincere apology to Representative Peter Breen, his family, and all of my House colleagues for my poor choice of words during a serious discussion on our veterans’ health and safety. I would never wish any harm or mortality on anyone’s family, including the Breen family,” Kifowit wrote Wednesday.