Long-delayed Chicago veterans home set for completion in December – Chicago Tribune

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A long-delayed state veterans home in the Dunning neighborhood on Chicago’s Northwest Side is set to be completed in December, with the first residents expected to move in next spring, officials said.

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and other elected officials are scheduled to attend a ceremony Friday afternoon marking the placement of the last structural piece of the building, which was proposed a decade ago by then-Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs held a ceremonial groundbreaking for he 200-bed facility at 4250 N. Oak Park Ave. in September 2014, but the project stalled after Quinn lost his re-election bid less than two months later.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner halted construction of the facility, which had an initial price tag of $70.5 million, during his protracted budget impasse with the Democratic-controlled legislature. Construction resumed after Rauner and Democratic leaders reached a budget truce in June 2016.

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March 15, 2019 at 02:08PM

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