Quinn visits Central Illinois to welcome local veteran into new home

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Forsyth – Governor Pat Quinn traveled to Central Illinois Saturday to advocate for a program that gives veterans a proper welcome home.

Throughout the day, Quinn (D-Illinois) visited four veterans across the state that are now new homeowners, thanks to the Welcome Home Heroes Program.

The financing package, which launched in late 2011, provides vets with a $10,000 grant, as well as a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, if they buy a home in Illinois.

Army veteran Paul Joliff did not know about the program’s existence until he was well into his house hunt.

But Sunday, Quinn personally welcomed Joliff and his two children into their newly purchased three-bedroom home in Forsyth, which was made possible by the Welcome Home Heroes program.

“I just want [veterans] to be aware that it's out there for them,” said Joliff. “That if they need assistance, $10,000 is quite a bit of money. It can go a long way.”

To date, around 1300 veterans have used the Welcome Home Heroes program to help them buy homes in 80 counties in Illinois. 

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