Governor Pat Quinn officially announced Thursday that school districts statewide will receive a total of $623 million from Illinois Jobs Now! funding to construct new buildings or expand or update existing ones.
Among the districts receiving funding are Peoria District 150, which will receive nearly $34.6 million that it has discussed using to relieve some of the burden on taxpayers and for future projects such as possibly installing air conditioning in all of its schools. Also receiving funding are Knoxville Community Unit School District 202 in Knox County, $20.2 million; and Stark County Community Unit School District 100, $3.7 million.
The capital funding will support an estimated 4,000 construction jobs throughout the state.
“In order for our students to compete for the jobs of tomorrow, we must ensure they are receiving a quality education in quality school facilities,” Quinn said in a news release. “This capital funding will help school districts across the state update their facilities and make critical repairs to improve the educational experience for our students.”