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Cook County to get $4.7 million for construction

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County is getting more than $4.7 million from the state for construction projects, including new roofs for buildings at area colleges.

In a news release, Gov. Pat Quinn's office says the projects — funded by the governor's $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program — include physical education and library buildings at Northeastern Illinois University. Also, the roofing system at University of Illinois at Chicago's engineering building will be replaced.

Some of the money will also be spent on road projects, including resurfacing and curb and gutter repair for three-quarters of a mile of Fountainbleu Drive between 183rd Street and Kedzie Ave. in Hazel Crest. Sections of a pedestrian trail between 86th Avenue and Southwest Highway and between Ridgeland and Cicero Avenue in Palos Park and Alsip will be rebuilt.

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