Quinn has asked lawmakers to approve a $400 per month increase in
the maintenance fee for veterans home residents. The plan is
designed to bring in about $3.5 million to help operate the state
nursing homes in Anna, LaSalle, Manteno and Quincy. A spokeswoman
for the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs says the current
$929 per resident monthly maintenance fee hasn't been increased
since 1979. Spokeswoman Sabrina Miller says that if the increase is
approved by lawmakers, it would go into effect July 1.
of Veterans' Affairs Director Dan Grant says the proposed $1,329
rate will cover less than 17 percent of the actual cost of caring
for the estimated 1,000 veterans who live at the four homes.
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