May 16, 2024

Duckworth Receives Commitment from Secretary of the Navy to Remediate Conditions at Naval Station Great Lakes’ Halsey Village


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) —a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee— today received commitment from Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro to work with her to ensure that remediating and redeveloping the deplorable housing conditions in Halsey Village at North Chicago’s Naval Station Great Lakes remains a priority for the Navy and that these efforts are resourced appropriately, as well a commitment from the Secretary to personally visit to Halsey Village. During today’s SASC hearing, Duckworth also highlighted her oversight efforts on Halsey Village and urged the Navy to do more to remedy the neighborhood for military families and the Lake County community. Video from today’s hearing is available on the Senator’s website.

“It is unacceptable that the Navy is renting housing units in Halsey Village to military families and Illinois residents knowing the conditions of these homes,” Duckworth said. “No one should be living in Halsey Village and the Navy should not be creating an incentive for sailors to live there either. The Navy must keep my office, Senator Durbin’s office and the Lake County community and local elected leaders updated on decisions being made regarding Halsey Village. The path to remediate and redevelop Halsey Village will take years. I will remain laser focused on ensuring the interests of the community are protected and heard.”

There are 353 housing units within Halsey Village. Currently, 249 housing units are uninhabitable, with another 44 so badly deteriorated they are cordoned off behind a chain link fence.