From the Pritzker Administration:
Gov. Pritzker Announces $103.5 Million for Infrastructure Improvements at 15 Community Colleges
Projects Funded by the Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan Will Boost Local Economies Across Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Governor JB Pritzker announced today 15 Illinois community colleges will receive more than $103.5 million to expand existing facilities and construct new buildings, among other projects. The investments are made possible by the Governor’s historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital plan, the most robust capital plan in Illinois history and the first in nearly a decade.
“Community colleges are vital hubs that provide advanced and continuing education, career and technical training, distance learning and workforce development,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the economy of every state in the nation, it is more critical than ever that we continue to invest in the state’s educational institutions so they can continue to provide resources that advance livelihoods and spur the economy. The return on this investment of over $100 million will be far greater, as these institutions provide close-to-home educational opportunities and the promise of a better future for Illinoisans throughout the state.”
In addition to $103.5 million in State funding, the 15 community colleges will receive an additional $34.5 million in local investments, bringing the total commitment to these projects to $138 million. Projects at the colleges include entirely new and expanded training facilities, classroom and laboratory renovations, new utilities, and repaving of streets and parking lots.
The Pritzker administration is emphasizing repairing and replacing the state’s infrastructure in addition to expanding existing facilities which have been left in disrepair for far too long. The historic Rebuild Illinois capital plan passed with bipartisan supermajorities and will invest $45 billion in roads, bridges, railways, universities, early childhood centers and state facilities over the next six years, creating and supporting an estimated 540,000 jobs over the life of the plan and revitalizing local economies across the state.
McHenry County College in Crystal Lake/McHenry County is receiving $15.8 million for a new 52,000 square foot career, technical and manufacturing center.