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Legislation aids Elgin Community College expansion

ELGIN – The Illinois General Assembly has passed a measure that will let Elgin Community College expand by purchasing land from the city of Elgin, according to a news release from State Rep. Keith Farnham, D-Elgin.

"This bill will allow ECC to continue to expand its beautiful campus and provide additional educational resources to our quickly growing community and student population," Farnham said in the release.

Farnham introduced House Bill 2862 in February. Sen. Michael Noland, D-Elgin, sponsored the legislation in the Senate.

"ECC is an important part of our community, and this expansion will ensure students have the resources they need to success," Noland said in the release. "ECC needs this expansion to prepare students for the future and remain a vibrant center of learning."

The bill advanced out of the General Assembly on Wednesday and awaits Gov. Pat Quinn's approval.

The legislation, an initiative of the city of Elgin, would allow land owned by the city to be rezoned for commercial or industrial use, according to the release. The change is necessary because Elgin plans to sell part of the land to ECC, which will use the property for an expansion that might include a bookstore or restaurant, according to the release.

"We are pleased to have the support of both State Rep. Farnham and State Sen. Noland as we work with the city of Elgin to acquire this property adjacent to our campus," ECC President David Sam said in a written statement. "The rezoning gives the college flexibility as we determine how this land will be used to benefit our students and the community."

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