State

Ill. schools to split $400M in construction grants

CHICAGO — The state is handing out $400 million in grants to help school districts across Illinois construct new buildings and replace outdated energy systems.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the grants Thursday.

He says the money is part of the Illinois Jobs Now capital construction program, a $31 billion effort aimed at improving infrastructure and creating jobs.

The funds include $89 million for Chicago Public Schools.

Twenty-three other districts also will get money.

Quinn is a Chicago Democrat. He says children can't concentrate on learning if they're in a school that crumbling.

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.