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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2003

Governor announces nearly half-billion dollars in school construction grants
71 school districts across the state to receive capital aid

CHICAGO, ILL. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced $482 million in school construction grants that will be awarded to 71 school districts throughout Illinois this fiscal year to help renovate deteriorating buildings and construct new school facilities.  Altogether, the grants will help fund 26 new schools and improve 243 existing schools, adding a total of 2,185 new classrooms to Illinois’ public school system.

The Governor made two stops to announce the new grants: Western Avenue Elementary School in south suburban Flossmoor and Taylorville Junior High School in central Illinois.  Flossmoor School District 161 will receive $4,600,424 in state grants, and Taylorville Community Unit School District 3 will receive $9,094,899.

"Because we are taking a hard look at how the State has been spending money and rejecting the old wasteful practices of the past, we're able to find the resources we need to keep making education our first priority," Blagojevich said.  "The grants we are announcing today will create almost 2,200 new classrooms.  That’s the kind of investment that will have tangible, concrete results for our children."

The school construction program, authorized by the General Assembly in late 1997, was the first state building program in more than two decades to assist local schools with capital expenses.

With the grants announced today, the program has provided $3,106,418,250 since its inception, benefiting 497 school districts in every region of the state, and has assisted in funding the construction of 265 new schools and nearly 12,085 classrooms.

Under the program, local school districts must receive a project entitlement and secure the required local share of construction funds before receiving any state grant funds. The grants range from 35-75 percent of eligible construction costs. By law, Chicago public schools receive 20 percent of all grant funds.

SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION GRANTS

Source: Capital Development Board

September 3, 2003

County School District State Share Local Share
Adams Payson Community Unit School District 1 $2,272,031 $827,522
Bond Mulberry Grove Community Unit School District 1 $311,048 $124,074
Bureau Princeton Township High School District 500 $6,156,914 $3,627,380
Champaign St.Joseph Community Cons. School District 169 $7,819,135 $3,062,841
Christian Taylorville Community Unit School District 3 $9,094,899 $7,601,094
Cook ArborPark School District 145 $13,005,354 $9,774,728
Atwood Heights School District 125 $2,260,308 $1,525,746
Berkeley School District 87 $9,158,775 $8,451,714
ChicagoHeights Elementary School District 170 $4,708,279 $1,569,426
Chicago Public Schools District 299 $96,469,246 $179,157,170
CommunityCons.Schools,District 168, Sauk Village $6,958,632 $2,319,544
EastMaine School District 63 $1,379,768 $2,562,426
Flossmoor School District 161 $4,600,424 $3,565,869
FordHeights School District 169 $7,349,612 $2,449,871
ForestRidge School District 142 $5,757,834 $3,453,345
Franklin Park Public School District 84 $135,874 $252,336
Harvey Public Schools 152 $10,504,754 $3,501,585
Hoover Schrum Memorial School District 157 $3,733,063 $6,932,830
Lansing Elementary School District 158 $2,210,830 $2,056,811
Lincoln Elementary District 156 $2,092,975 $697,658
Palos Community Consolidated School District 118 $2,960,293 $5,497,687
Posen-Robbins School District 1432 $8,804,621 $2,934,874
Rich Township High School District 227 $577,330 $403,748
Ridgeland Public School District 122 $2,156,489 $4,004,908
Sandridge School District 172 $3,745,016 $1,956,670
Skokie School District 732 $1,747,891 $2,832,487
StegerSchool District 194 $11,935,538 $6,107,221
WestHarvey/Dixmoor School District 147 $1,505,370 $501,790
Crawford Palestine Community Unit School District 3 $4,518,174 $1,797,947
Robinson Community Unit School District 2 $4,935,023 $9,165,043
DuPage Bloomingdale School District 13 $1,794,465 $3,332,579
Cass School District 63 $1,840,628 $3,418,308
Downers Grove Grade School District 58 $103,752 $192,683
Wood Dale School District 7 $522,800 $970,915
Ford Paxton-Buckley-Loda Comm. Unit School District 10 $4,889,210 $4,246,581
Franklin Thompsonville School District 62 $785,084 $261,695
Greene Carrollton Community Unit School District 1 $3,204,562 $2,384,531
Hancock Carthage Community Unit School District 338 $861,075 $595,167
Jersey Jersey Community Unit School District 100 $20,528,288 $14,151,018
JoDaviess RiverRidge Community Unit School District 210 $5,975,999 $11,098,284
Kane Geneva Community Unit School District 304 $2,724,349 $5,059,506
Kankakee BourbonnaisElementary School District 53 $9,525,406 $4,699,219
St.GeorgeSchool District 258 $2,582,381 $2,608,866
Kendall Oswego Community Unit School District 308 $3,459,837 $3,438,549
Lake CommunityConsolidatedSchoolDistrict46, Grayslake $2,046,950 $1,598,917
GrayslakeCommunity High School District 127 $14,472,552 $26,877,596
North Shore School District 112 $176,274 $327,366
Lawrence RedHillCommunity Unit School District 10 $9,947,777 $4,469,981
Macon Argenta-Oreana Community Unit School District 1 $8,384,116 $9,533,959
Macoupin Mt.Olive Community Unit School District 5 $2,424,695 $808,232
Madison Collinsville Community Unit School District 10 $3,775,012 $3,136,322
EastAlton Elementary School District 13 $1,303,155 $434,385
Marion CentraliaHigh School District 200 $24,702,508 $8,234,169
Selmaville Community Consolidated School District 10 $4,154,717 $1,384,906
McLean Heyworth Community Unit School District 4 $2,016,492 $3,140,839
Perry Comm.Cons.SchoolDistrict204, Pinckneyville $1,098,924 $386,199
Pinckneyville School District 50 $1,755,703 $585,234
Randolph Chester Community Unit School District 139 $1,525,869 $762,016
Shelby Cowden-Herrick Community Unit School District 3A $2,922,356 $974,119
Windsor Community Unit School District 1 $720,978 $513,466
St.Clair High Mount School District 116 $5,029,401 $2,266,385
Mascoutah Community Unit School District 19 $4,141,061 $1,380,354
Shiloh Village School District 85 $9,768,230 $4,027,068
Tazewell EastPeoria Community High School District 309 $15,954 $9,392
RankinCommunity School District 98 $2,922,850 $1,469,421
WashingtonGrade School District 52 $5,933,125 $2,782,395
Washington Nashville Community Consolidated School District 49 $4,773,989 $2,688,027
Will PlainfieldCommunity Consolidated School District 202 $65,948,868 $73,173,605
Richland Grade School District 88A $1,858,227 $3,450,994
Williamson Herrin Community Unit School District 4 $2,349,163 $783,054
Woodford Riverview Community Consolidated School District 2 $513,946 $195,063
TOTALS $482,346,228 $490,567,710



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