Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker tours Veterans Home

    Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker tours Veterans Home in Quincy

    Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker took his first tour of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy Thursday since taking office.

    Thursday marks exactly two months since Governor Pritzker took office.

    He toured the Veterans Home campus and the new Hammond Hall.

    Millions of dollars in funding have gone to reconstructing the Veterans Home in Quincy.

    This comes after several deaths due to a Legionnaire's Disease outbreak in 2015.

    Since then, a new water treatment facility and healthcare facility have been built among other improvements.

    "I'm very impressed with what's going on both on the campus serving our veterans and also the way that the transition is taking place," Pritzker said.

    Governor Pritzker also met with veterans.

    "It's very important to me that we pay attention in Springfield to what's going on here in Quincy and especially for our veterans," Pritzker stated.

    New acting Director of Veterans Affairs Linda Chapa LaVia also was in attendance.

    "I was the one holding hearings on everything going on for the last two years and where we've come from to today, I am so proud of our state," Chapa LaVia said.

    Chapa LaVia was joined by State Senator Jil Tracy.

    "It puts us right into where we need to be right now serving our veterans in the state of Illinois," Tracy said.

    "My goal is to grow the economy here in Quincy and I have met with a number of people about economic development opportunities here, about infrastructure projects that we should be putting our money into," Gov. Pritzker said. "But let's be clear, Veterans are first and foremost in all of our minds. In terms of infrastructure there's probably nothing more important than making sure they get into a new facility as expeditiously as possible."

    The governor also spoke about Western Illinois University. He hopes to stabilize the university and maintain current programs.

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