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No surprises, but Governor Pritzker officially signed House Bill 62 into law today.
This is the infrastructure bill that allocates $94.5MM to Western "For the construction of a science building, and other capital improvements".
It also sets aside $28,931,200 for the following: "...for miscellaneous capital improvements including construction, capital facilities, cost of planning, supplies, equipment, materials, services and all other expenses required to complete work at the various higher education institutions. These appropriated amounts shall be in addition to any other appropriated amounts which can be expended for such purposes."

Also, not related to Western specifically, but in the area: $6,077,700 to Spoon River College "For the renovation of Macomb CTE/nursing building, and other capital improvements".
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Yippee, I saw the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile on Macomb cam. We can forget all about our budget woes for at least the length of the parade. Driving that thing is my dream volunteer job in retirement.

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I think it's doing a tour of Hy-Vee's. We saw it in Springfield at a Hy-Vee last week. Yesterday it was at the Macomb Hy-Vee.

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A 2014 artist's rendering shows a new Science Building planned for the Western Illinois University campus. This year's state budget earmarks $94.5 million over six years for the project, which could include a new building and renovation of existing facilities.

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wiu712 wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:03 pm
A 2014 artist's rendering shows a new Science Building planned for the Western Illinois University campus. This year's state budget earmarks $94.5 million over six years for the project, which could include a new building and renovation of existing facilities.

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Where is it going to be located?
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Will sit just north of Currens Hall! ;) jc
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Neckfansince71 wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:35 pm
Will sit just north of Currens Hall! ;) jc
Very good. That way I will be able to see it to my left when walking across the new Sky Bridge over University Drive from Western Hall to Brophy. ;)

BTW, I want to see "Welcome to Leatherneck Country" in big bold letters on that Sky Bridge.

Hey, once you start building something, you want to keep building more things. It's in your blood. :lol:
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Higher education official hopeful new funding will stem tide of student out-migration.
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Western Illinois University's departing leader gets $540,000 payout: Former lawmaker says payout violates spirit of severance cap law.
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FYI, Jeanne Ives lives a couple of blocks away from me. I had a oneway chat with her a couple of years ago! ;) jc
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