IL GOP State Rep Responds to Dem Who Wished Death on His Family
Outgoing Illinois State Rep. Peter Breen reacted to a public attack from a Democratic lawmaker who wished that his family would die from Legionnaire's Disease after a floor debate on appropriations legislation.
State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit -- who like Breen represents DuPage County outside Chicago -- said in floor remarks that she would "like to make [Breen] a broth of legionella and pump it into the water system of his loved ones so they can be infected, so they can be mistreated -- they can sit and suffer by getting aspirin instead of being properly treated -- and ultimately die."
Breen told Martha MacCallum on "The Story" that the unusually personal attack came after Republicans and Democrats debated what fiscal limits should be put on "the court of claims" or lawsuits against the state of Illinois.
He said the wish was a "vile attack out of left field" and that Kifowit was apparently upset about the amount that would go to veterans administration-type expense. Breen said that instead of dealing with each departmental expense individually, the House was debating the total financial limit of funding.
Breen said that in his capacity as the Republican caucus' floor leader, he would never condone such vitriol from a member of his caucus and would have interrupted someone like Kifowit on his own side.
Breen, who lost his reelection bid in 2018 according to MacCallum, said only one Democrat out of the 67 in the caucus personally apologized for Kifowit's remarks and that the liberal lawmaker has yet to be publicly condemned by a member of her party.
Fellow Republican State Rep. Jeanne Ives of Kendall County also blasted Kifowit in remarks played by MacCallum.
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