Gov. JB Pritzker celebrates progress being made on the construction of a new veterans home in Chicago. [Heather Cherone/The Daily Line]

Construction crews hoisted the final massive concrete panel into place Friday on the veterans facility under construction on Chicago’s Northwest Side designed to house veterans suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.

Gov. JB Pritzker said the 200-bed facility, the first of its kind in Chicago, would open in December — nearly four and a half years behind schedule after being stalled by the budget impasse under former Gov. Bruce Rauner that lasted for more than two years.

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