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Illinois Republicans call for upstate Democrat to resign

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Republican Party wants a Democratic state representative to resign. This comes after controversial comments made Tuesday during a debate over the Quincy Veterans Home. 

Representative Stephanie Kifowit of Aurora made the controversial comments after the house voted to override Governor Rauner's veto to increase the cap on how much the state pays in civil litigation cases from $100,000 to $2 million. The legislation aimed to help families affected by the Legionnaires outbreak in Quincy where 13 residents died and dozens more were left sick. 

"I would like to make him a broth of Legionella and pump it into the water system of his loved one so that they can be infected, they can be mistreated, they can sit and suffer by getting aspirin instead of being properly treated and ultimately die," said Rep. Kifowit on Tuesday.  

Kifowit's comments were aimed at Representative Peter Breen, who had just argued that lawmakers didn't know how much the bill was going to cost. 

On Monday, she filed a motion to expunge the comments from the House record, which passed unanimously. Kifowit apologized on twitter Tuesday.

Representative Breen responded saying lawmakers need to be held accountable moving forward. 

"Conduct on the House floor should set a high bar. There needs to be accountability for the conduct yesterday, otherwise, this sort of despicable behavior will become the standard of what we allow in this chamber," said Rep. Breen. 

He finished by saying he wonders if the General Assembly has the character to divert state politics from its current path of "moral and ethical ruin." 

Kifowit said in her apology on Twitter that she feels very passionately about what happened at the Quincy Veterans Home and would never wish harm on anyone's family, adding that her attempt to illustrate empathy was not conveyed properly. 

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