Eighteen school districts across Illinois will share more than $270 million in state funding for construction and renovation projects.
Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday which districts will receive the capital funding that was approved last year. The money will help create 3,700 construction jobs statewide, including 1,000 in Chicago, Quinn said.
"If you don't have sound buildings, it's more difficult to learn," Quinn said. "It's important that we make these investments."
The funding will help pay for additions and renovations at existing schools, including some damaged by natural disasters, as well as the construction of new buildings. The state funding combined with local matching dollars will help districts start projects worth more than $525 million, officials said.
The $270 million will be split among:
--Chicago Public Schools: More than $54 million. It hasn't been specified what the funds will be used for.
--Waukegan Community Unit School District 60: More than $28.2 million for additions to 12 elementary schools.
--Bensenville Elementary School District 2: More than $8.2 million to build additions on two elementary schools.
--DeKalb Community Unit School District 428: More than $20.6 million to build a new high school.
--South Holland School District 151: More than $15 million to build additions on one middle school and three elementary schools.
--North Palos School District 117: More than $1.7 million to build an early learning center addition.
--Peoria School District 150: More than $17 million to build an addition to the Lincoln Middle School and renovate sections of Peoria High School.
--Ottawa Elementary School District 141: More than $10 million to replace Central School, which was condemned due to flooding.
--Belle Valley School District 119 in Belleville: More than $4 million to replace classrooms in the Belle Valley North School, which was condemned after damage from mine subsidence.
--Pinckneyville Community High School District 101: More than $14 million for a high school classroom addition and demolition work. --Cairo School District 1: More than $3 million for an elementary school addition.
--Carterville Community Unit School District 5: More than $22 million for a new high school.
--Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico Community Unit School District 3: More than $14 million for construction of Tampico Elementary and Prophetstown Middle Schools.
--Martinsville Community Unit School District C-3: More than $2 million to repair storm and flood damage to Martinsville Junior/Senior High School.
--Lawrence County Community Unit School District 20: More than $18 million for the construction of a high school.
--Oakland Community Unit School District 5: More than $5 million for an elementary school addition and demolition of an existing high school.
--Gillespie Community Unit School District 7: More than $18.9 million to replace the Benld Elementary School, which was condemned due to mine subsidence.
--Warrensburg-Latham Community Unit School District 11: More than $10.3 million for classroom additions.