Senator Mark Kirk Asks for Illinois VA Director to Resign

By WTVO WQRF Newsroom

Published 06/02 2014 08:16PM

Updated 06/02 2014 08:23PM

HINES - The search is underway for a replacement for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, following his resignation.

Senator Mark Kirk is vying for major changes, based in part on what he heard at the Hines VA hospital near Chicago. He met with workers at the facility over the weekend, who say there's a climate of corruption among managers at the facility.

"I think a lot of our employees were losing hope that anyone was really listening to what was going on at Hines," said Hines social worker Germaine Clarno. "The culture of intimidation and harassment for anyone standing up for the quality of care is out of control."

After visiting the facility, Senator Kirk called for Joan Ricard, who has been director at Hines since 2012, to resign.

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