BLOOMINGTON – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a capital investment of more than $260,000 to upgrade the Illinois Army National Guard Readiness Center in Bloomington operated by the Illinois Department of Military Affairs. The upgrades are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
“This project will improve the training environment for nearly 200 Illinois National Guard Soldiers, which will help them prepare for emergencies both here in Illinois and across the nation as well as their wartime mission,” Governor Quinn said. “These upgrades will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy.”
The readiness center houses two Illinois Army National Guard units, the headquarters of the 33rd Military Police Battalion, 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and Co. B of the 33rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
“These units are an integral part of both our state and federal missions,” Brig. Gen. Daniel M. Krumrei, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, siad. “This project will ensure they have an excellent facility to train in for years to come.”
The work will involve repairing the roof membrane, tuckpointing, replacing damaged ceiling tile, repainting the drill hall walls, and concrete apron work. J & B Builders, Inc. of St. Charles, Illinois was the lowest of two bidders at $260,935.
The project will be managed by the Illinois Capital Development Board and uses federal funds administered by the State of Illinois.