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Local businesses look to get involved in Illinois Veterans’ Home project

Local businesses are looking to cash in on the $230 million project to rebuild parts of the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy.

The Illinois Capital Development Board and Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs held a vendor forum Monday afternoon for interested contractors and designers who want a hand in the project.

The opportunity to play a part in the project to rebuild parts of the Illinois Veterans’ Home
is prompting dozens of businesses to seek information on the project.

Cheryl Stoddard, owner of a small low-voltage engineering company in Quincy, is one designer who is interested.

“I’m just one small and woman-owned business that can help with the design of some of the technology pieces on the electrical side,” Stoddard said.

Put on by the Illinois Capital Development Board and Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the forum included site plans, demolition, utilities, renovations and new construction.

Stoddard said it’s nice to see the state give local businesses a chance to be included in a large project like this one.

“We want to help promote this, especially around this area,” IDVA Acting Director Linda Chapa Lavia said. “I’d love for one of the Quincy contractors to get some of these contracts.”

Capital Development Board Executive Director Jim Underwood said this is a good chance to network with potential team members, as he said it’s going to take a team effort to complete a large project like this one.

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“We want them to interact with each other, learn about the project and the process for the RFP that we’ll issue on Veterans’ Day or after,” Underwood said.

Stoddard said she’s hoping to become part of a local team.

“I like to give back to Quincy and think this is a huge, tremendous opportunity for the city of Quincy,” Stoddard said.

State officials said a lengthy selection process will start around November 11. He said the selection committee will narrow it down to three to four teams, who will then give live presentations, ahead of being selected next April.

The $230 million project is meant to rid the home of the Legionella bacteria that contributed to the death of 14 people and sickened 66 more at the home since 2015.

The plan calls to demolish seven buildings and renovate three to four other buildings.


Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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