State Representative Tom Demmer announced on Tuesday that the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) has signed off on Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) release of $11.3 million statewide for community college capital projects in the first round of this funding to be released in this fiscal year.
The release includes $154,285 to Sauk Valley Community College to help replace the original 50+ year-old air handlers campus wide. State funding will cover one air handler, while the remaining seven air handlers will be covered with local funds. The efficiency and air quality will be greatly improved when the old units are replaced.
“We are making investments in higher education to improve facilities, reduce operating costs, and to ensure the colleges can focus on providing top notch education and training to be qualifies for great local jobs,” said Rep. Tom Demmer.
Sauk Valley Community College will be putting up $2,245,715 in local funds to complete the project. “Infrastructure investment is a catalyst for job creation and economic development,” said Gov. Bruce Rauner. “We signed a bipartisan budget in June that includes funds for improvement projects that benefit local businesses and residents. This kind of investment is how government can play a positive role in the Illinois economy.”