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Nearly $11 million to go towards two Illinois Veterans Homes

castro 022619ELGIN – State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) released the following statement regarding the allocation of almost $11 million in funds to be used for upgrades to the two Illinois veterans homes in Quincy and Chicago.

“I am happy to finally see action being taken regarding the safety of our nation’s heroes,” Castro said. “For far too long we had an administration that didn’t make our state’s veterans a priority, and I’m happy to see that this new administration will be different.”

A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy has claimed 13 lives and infected dozens more, since 2015. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made multiple trips to Quincy and repeatedly pointed to the aging plumbing in the century-old buildings as harboring the bacteria that causes the disease.

“These are our veterans and they deserve dignity,” Castro said. “I am glad that Gov. Pritzker and his administration are working toward a permanent solution to this problem so that our veterans here in Illinois have the quality care they deserve and a safe place to make their home.”  

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza released more than $7 million last week to the Quincy veterans home for renovations and $3.8 million went to the Chicago veterans home for construction earlier this month.

Sen. Cristina Castro

Senator Cristina Castro

22nd Senate District

Years served: 2017 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Commerce and Economic Development; Committee of the Whole; Energy and Public Utilities; Labor; Revenue (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Veterans Affairs (Chairperson).

Associated Representative(s):
Anna Moeller
Fred Crespo