A $20 million state grant to a community college isn’t the sort of spending Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to freeze or cut. The same man who signed an order freezing what he called non-essential spending at state agencies Friday celebrated the opening of the technical education center at Harper College in Palatine, which was built mostly with state funds. Rauner says it was a worthy investment.

“We can make the American dream a reality by expanding institutions like this,” Rauner said. “That’s why it’s so great that the state has supported this facility, and I, as governor, will be an ally and advocate for more of these facilities around the state.”


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The center will train students for jobs in welding, manufacturing, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Rauner says it falls in line with one of his education goals to expand vocational training in the state.

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