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Construction on veterans home stalled amid budget negotiation

delgado vets homeCHICAGO- State Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago) joined Alderman Villegas on Monday in support of his effort to fund a construction project for a veterans home in Chicago. The project is at a standstill due to a lack of funding.

“Our veterans deserve and depend on this home as a very important resource,” Delgado said. “If this project falls apart it will prevent them from living a worry-free life, and that is unacceptable.”

If it’s completed, the home would be capable of housing 200 veterans in private rooms fitted with private bathrooms and would feature a common dining area and recreational facilities. The federal government has committed to supply 65 percent of the required funding, but the governor recently rescinded about $4 million of the remaining state funding needed to complete the project. If the funding is not restored the grants from the federal government may be jeopardized. The scheduled opening date for the facility has already been pushed back about 6 months to January 2017.

Sen. William Delgado

delgado-hs 2nd District

Years served:
1999 - 2006 (House); 2006 - 2016 (Senate)

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Human Services; Education (Chairperson); Committee of the Whole. (99th G.A.)

Biography: Full-time state legislator; born in Newark, N.J.; B.A. in criminal justice from Northeastern University; Leadership Chairman of the 2nd Legislative District's Volunteer Political Organization; married (wife, Iris), has two children.