Combined Veterans’ Capital Needs Task Force Presents Report to Gov. and ILGA
State Senator Paul Schimpf supports the findings of 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.
Senate Floor Action
Over the last few weeks the Illinois Senate has voted on hundreds of bills as the Senate deadline for final passage of legislation arrived on Friday, April 27. Sen. Schimpf described his legislating philosophy in one of the many debates on the Senate floor saying,
“Sometimes we forget the magnitude of the power we exercise. Government power should be wielded like a scalpel, not a sledgehammer. We should be looking for the least invasive government solution.”
Art Contest Winners Announced
Mount Vernon Township High School student earns grand prize
Sen. Schimpf welcomed students from Senate District 58 to the Illinois State Capitol on Tuesday, May 1, to announce the winners of his “Celebrate the State” Illinois Bicentennial Art Competition. In all, more than 30 students from the district submitted artwork for the contest.
- Grand Prize Winner | Chloe Flanigan, Mount Vernon Township High school | Age 17
- First Runner-up | Cora Trask, Red Bud High School | Age 18
- Second Runner-up | Eva Weber, Freeburg Community High School | Age 17
The top winners’ artwork consisted of acrylic paint, pen and ink, and colored pencil. Their artwork will be on display in Sen. Schimpf’s Capitol and District 58 offices for the remainder of 2018.
“This was the first time we’ve had this art competition and I’m really excited by the participation and great pieces of art that were submitted,” said Schimpf. “I hope these students continue to develop their skills. They’ve been given a gift and I truly believe they should continue to work to develop it.”
During their time at the Illinois State House, students and their families met one on one with Sen. Schimpf, had their pictures taken with the Senator, received a certificate for their participation, took a tour, and were recognized by Sen. Schimpf from the Illinois State Floor.
Senator Schimpf also wishes to thank the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon for judging the contest entries.
Sen. Schimpf welcomed two Red Bud High School students to Springfield on Wednesday, May 2. He had the privilege of introducing seniors Bryce Becker and Katie Harms on the Illinois Senate Floor.
About State Senator Paul Schimpf
Sen. Schimpf took the Oath of Office during the Inauguration of the 100th General Assembly on Jan. 11, 2017 at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Senate District 58 includes all or parts of Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, Monroe, St. Clair, Washington, and Union Counties and represents more than 220,000 Illinois citizens.