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                          OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR______________   
   

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              ROD R. BLAGOJEVICH – GOVERNOR  CONTACTS: Abby Ottenhoff Rebecca Rausch Gerardo Cardenas David Blanchette

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 2, 2007

312/814.3158 217/782.7355 312/814.3158 217/558-0516 (CDB)

Gov. Blagojevich announces nearly $4.2 million for work at Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy
Funds will rehabilitate power plant, provide new climate control systems and install new fire alarms
QUINCY – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced nearly $4.2 million worth of construction projects at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, work that will improve the safety and efficiency of this facility that serves the state’s veterans. “After bravely serving our country and putting their own lives at risk, we owe it to our aging and disabled veterans to provide them the care they need and deserve. These construction projects will improve the facility to better serve our veterans, while providing more construction jobs for the Quincy area,” Gov. Blagojevich said. The projects announced today by Gov. Blagojevich include: • $2.3 million to rehabilitate the chimney stack and replace the ash handling system, boiler chain grate, feed water pumps, and various other pieces of equipment at the power plant. This will improve the efficiency of the facility’s coal fired power plant and replace aging components that are beyond their expected service life. The project designer will be selected with construction bids to follow. $1.5 million to repair the air conditioning chiller unit and its associated controls, and to build a cooling tower for Schapers, Elmore and Kent Infirmaries. This will update aging systems that have needed frequent repairs. Project design work has begun, with construction bids to be taken in the fall. $373,000 to replace fire alarm panels in 19 buildings. This will provide the most upto-date fire protection for residents and staff and replace an aging system for which replacement parts are difficult to obtain. Work will begin in the spring. 1

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“The brave men and women who put their lives on the line for this great country deserve to be treated with the utmost respect and receive the best care and treatment that we can give them,” said Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Acting Director L. Tammy Duckworth. “These construction projects will enhance the safety and living environment for all those who live and work in the Quincy Veterans Home. I am very pleased we are making improvements to our largest Veterans Home, and I want to commend the Governor for his continued dedication to our veterans.” The construction projects at the Illinois Veterans Home are being managed by the Capital Development Board (CDB), which oversees all state-funded construction, repair and rehabilitation projects. Since taking office four years ago, Gov. Blagojevich has approved construction projects totaling more than $8.9 million at state-operated facilities serving Illinois’ veterans. “I am proud to be a part of Governor Blagojevich’s commitment to the long-term care of our veterans. These improvements at Quincy will continue to provide our heroes with the atmosphere they deserve,” said CDB Executive Director Jan Grimes. Founded in 1886, the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy is the largest and oldest veterans’ home of the four in Illinois. The Quincy Home provides quality care to more than 500 veterans and their spouses in Domiciliary, Intermediate and Skilled nursing care. These services are provided by a multi-disciplinary group of health care professionals in addition to an array of support staff. The Quincy Home is comprised of more than 50 buildings on 200 acres and is located in the northern part of scenic and historic Quincy in Adams County. “The Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy serves a vital role in the care of our veterans,” said State Sen. John Sullivan (D-Rushville). “Renovations to the home ensure that this service will continue in the future and reaffirms our commitment to the men and women who served our country.” “I’m elated to learn of the commitment to fund these projects at our Quincy Veterans Home. In December, when I met with Director of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth, I requested that the state’s oldest and largest veterans home receive funding priority so we could provide our veterans with the care and service they need and deserve,” said State Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy). “These capital projects will provide important maintenance work and enhancement to enable the Veterans Home in Quincy to continue serving our veterans. I’m thankful for the Governor’s commitment to keeping our veterans a priority in these tough financial times.” “The Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy just celebrated its 120th anniversary last October, and these construction projects are very much needed at this facility to help us continue to provide the best possible care to our residents,” said John Wingerter, Acting Administrator of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. -30-

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