Illinois backing $42 million center at Chicago college

March 13, 2012

The Associated Press

CHICAGO  — The state of Illinois and the City Colleges of Chicago are investing more than $42 million to build a center to train students for jobs in transportation logistics.

It's a growing field and particularly important regionally because Chicago is a major national hub for freight carried by rail, road and air.

Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the investment Tuesday.

They say the new Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Center at Olive-Harvey College on Chicago's South Side will prepare students for higher paying jobs in the sector.

Quinn and Emanuel say they hope the center and its graduates will encourage the industry to expand operations and create jobs locally.