Senator Schimpf: Let’s pass this legislation and start construction as soon as possible
Plan requires approval and appropriation of the General Assembly
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) is supporting the findings in a new report conducted by The Combined Veterans’ Capital Needs Task Force. The report analyzes infrastructure needs and develops key strategies on how to improve the health and safety of residents at the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Quincy (IVHQ).
"The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs kept its promise and gave us a report on what steps are necessary to maximize the safety of our veterans and staff at the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Quincy,” said Schimpf. “I look forward to working with my Senate and House colleagues to expeditiously pass legislation to enable the start of new construction at the site."
- Building a new, state-of-the art skilled nursing care facility that could house up to 300 residents
- Constructing a new, underground water loop that feeds existing buildings and new construction
- Develop an alternate water source and make improvements to the existing water treatment facility as necessary
- Purchase and renovate the closed, off-site nursing facility to provide a safe and comfortable temporary living environment for up to 180 IVHQ residents. The facility could hold up to 90 residents permanently
The estimated cost of complete reconstruction is between $202 and $245 million dollars, which requires the approval and appropriation of the General Assembly. The report is available here, on the Illinois Department of Veteran’s Affairs website.
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