Gov. Pritzker to attend ceremony Thursday at Illinois Veterans Home

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QUINCY — Illinois Governor JB Pritzker will attend a ceremony today where the last structural beam will be placed atop the new long-term care facility at the Illinois Veterans Home.

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Capital Development Board are hosting the topping-off ceremony at 10:30 a.m where the last beam will be placed as the building’s frame is nearly completed. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign the beam before it is placed on the third floor of the structure, located near Fifer Infirmary, 1707 North 12th Street.

Pritzker will give remarks at Lippincott Hall before attending the ceremony.

The $300 million renovation and rehabilitation project includes a 260,000 square foot residential long-term care facility and 80,000 square foot independent living facility to Illinois veterans.

“Illinois continues to ensure veterans and their families thrive in our state. By building this new Veterans’ Home on the hallowed grounds of Quincy, our treasured heroes will live in a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility on a truly historic campus,” said IDVA Director Terry Prince. “The continued investment in the five Veterans’ Homes across Illinois represents the State’s commitment to Veterans and their families. We are grateful for the Governor’s support, the work of the Capital Development Board and finally, our incredible partners on the construction team for addressing the unique needs of Veterans and the Home.”

“More than 150 construction workers have remained committed to advancing this project and because of their hard work, the project has remained on track, despite ongoing challenges in the construction industry,” said Capital Development Board Executive Director Jim Underwood.

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