Illinois school districts will be getting money from the state’s construction program to build new buildings. It’ll be $623 million to build new buildings or expand existing ones. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the funding at a school in Hazel Crest. “This is a statewide movement to build and repair school buildings; $623 million is being invested in the classrooms and the buildings for these children all over Illinois. I think that’s very, very important,” he said.
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For this fiscal year, the money will be going to 31 school districts which had their projects approved by the state Board of Education and the Capital Development Board. Combined with local funding, the construction will be worth $1.2 billion. The governor projects that these efforts will also support 4,000 construction jobs.