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New Director of IDVA appointed by Rauner

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Governor Bruce Rauner appointed a new person in charge of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA).

Rauner appointed Stephen Curda as Director of IDVA, who's taking the position over from Elisabeth Pennix. Pennix is returning to her duties as IDVA's General Counsel.

"Stephen Curda is a proven leader with years of experience serving our military and veterans as well as his own deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq," says Governor Rauner. "His exceptional work in strategic planning, development and program implementation will positively contribute to the IDVA and provide the best services for our state’s heroes."

"I am honored and looking forward to serving our veterans in the State of Illinois," says Curda. "It is a privilege to help provide the best services and programs for our more than 720,000 outstanding military men and women who have given so much for our country."

Curda comes to the agency right as the General Assembly authorizes $53 million to make repairs to current facilities at Illinois Veterans Home Quincy (IVHQ). The money will also be used to begin construction on a new facility and make improvements to the water infiltration system.

"I applaud the General Assembly for working with us to make sure our veterans have the best care possible," says Curda. "Our new facility will feature cutting-edge technology to ensure we can meet the needs of our veterans of today."

Before this role, Curda worked as Associate Professor at the National College of Education and Special Assistant to the President for Veterans Education at National Louis University.

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