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Friends of Vets Home seek new residential unit

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A new housing facility and building improvements could be in the future for the Quincy Veterans Home as a group is pushing area lawmakers for change.

The Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy is showing its age, with many of the buildings in need of upgrades.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recognized those needs and promised money for improvements back in January 2010.

 "Money was set aside for the chillers as they call them, for the air conditioning, at the 3 units of Kent, Elmore and Shapers. This money was allocated three years ago and nothing has been done with that money yet," said Dennis Boden, Co-Chair for Friends of the Quincy Veterans Home.

Boden is frustrated with the lack of progress. Now, his group is pushing for a portion of a state capital development fund to move forward with work at the vet's home, including a proposed new 400-500 bed facility.

"With the money that is coming out I would like to see the veterans home here in Quincy get it's share to make the repairs that need to be done."

Representative Jil Tracy says she supports the friends of the veterans home and their plan of action.

"Funds are tight. So, I think it's wise for them to say, hey this is where we think the funding priorities should be and if there's a capital program we think this should be in the plan," said Tracy.

Both Tracy and Boden realize a brand new building isn't likely during the state's current budget mess. But, at the very least, they want to see the facilities improved for those who served.

"We find that a lot of veterans don't have beds if they need dementia services," said Tracy. "They're beds are full for that."

"If it weren't for them we wouldn't have the freedoms they fought for and they deserve the very best right now," said Boden.

The group has sent letters to the governor's office and to area lawmakers. Still no word if the project could get state funding.

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