Illinois Receives Federal Funding for Military Construction

By WEEK Reporter

Illinois Receives Federal Funding for Military Construction

July 20, 2011 Updated Jul 20, 2011 at 5:50 PM CDT

The U.S. Senate approved an appropriation bill for military construction Wednesday.

The Fiscal Year 2012 Bill for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs set aside $146,742,000 in funding for several military locations in Illinois.

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Ranking Member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs says the bill had overwhelming bipartisan support.

"The Subcommittee produced a bill that reflects our current fiscal constraints without jeopardizing critical operations or reducing benefits to the men and women who have honorably served our country," Senator Kirk said. "Illinois priorities are also reflected in this bill, including a prohibition on the transfer of Guantanamo detainees."

Among the facilities receiving funding is Normal's Army National Guard Readiness Center, which will get $10 million.

The money will be used to construct a training center and space for classrooms, maintenance, supplies, and administrative offices.

Other locations include the Army Reserve Center in Homewood, the Army Reserve Center in Rockford, and the Great Lakes Naval Station in North Chicago.

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