Wounded veterans facility at UI to be built next year
Construction of a first-of-its-kind university facility for wounded veterans will begin on the University of Illinois' Urbana campus in 2013, Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday.
Quinn came to the UI to announce that the state would provide $4 million of the $12 million needed to build the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education. UI graduate and Chicago businessman Ron Chez already has pledged $6 million, and the UI is working with donors to raise the final $2 million.
UI trustees are expected to approve construction of the facility, to be located at 908 W. Nevada St., U, at their January meeting.
The three-story center will include residential units for 12 to 14 veterans, offices for support programs, tutorial support spaces, a fitness center, a teaching kitchen, a lounge and a conference room.
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