Durbin Announces $78.8 Million in Recovery Act Funding for VA Facilities in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) facilities located in Illinois will receive $78,827,369 in funding for from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funding, allocated through the Veterans Health Administration, will be used for upgrades and repairs at six VA hospitals, construction at three VA extended care facilities and repairs and equipment purchases at seven VA cemeteries.


“Building and improving medical facilities that serve veterans will create local jobs, improve the VA’s aging infrastructure and enhance the VA’s ability to care for the men and women who have bravely served our country,” said Durbin.


The following VA hospitals will receive Recovery Act funding for needed upgrades and repairs at the facilities totaling $63,555,749:


• VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville: $13,500,000

• Chicago Health Care System, Chicago: $3,237,749

• North Chicago VA Medical Center, North Chicago: $10,652,000

• Hines VA Hospital, Hines: $29,800,000

• Marion VA Medical Center, Marion: $6,366,000


The following VA extended care facilities will receive Recovery Act funding for construction totaling $12,803,000:


• Illinois Veterans Home, Quincy: $565,000

• Illinois Veterans Home, Manteno: $3,930,000

• Illinois Veterans Home, LaSalle: $8,308,000


The following VA cemeteries will receive Recovery Act funding for necessary repairs and equipment purchases totally $2,468,620:


• Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield: $486,620

• Danville National Cemetery, Danville: $831,000

• Mound City National Cemetery, Mound City: $150,000

• North Alton Confederate Cemetery, Alton: $250,000

• Confederate Mound, Oak Woods: $250,000

• Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elmwood: $391,000

• Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island: $110,000