Ebola is finding its way into Illinois’ governor’s race. Republican candidate Bruce Rauner is attacking Gov. Pat Quinn for not supporting a ban on travel from the West African nations most affected by the Ebola outbreak—something Rauner calls a “common sense initiative.” “We have to protect American citizens,” Rauner said. “The No. 1 priority is protect American citizens, and I believe quarantine and travel restrictions can help do that.”
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The state now will quarantine anyone who had unprotected contact with an Ebola patient in their home for 21 days. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) believes that’s a better policy than what some of Rauner’s fellow Republicans are advocating. “When (New Jersey) Gov. (Chris) Christie put a nurse in a tent, I thought that was extreme,” Durbin said, “and what Gov. Quinn is trying to do is have a reasonable level of quarantine for those at the highest levels of exposure.”
No one in Illinois has been placed in quarantine under that policy. In the past week, fewer than five people who have traveled to the affected countries have come into the state.