Quinn announces school construction funding

February 16, 2012

The Associated Press

HAZEL CREST, Ill. — More than two dozen Illinois school districts will get around $623 million in capital funds to update and repair schools.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the money Thursday at an elementary school in Hazel Crest, a suburb south of Chicago.

Quinn says the funding will help improve students' educational experiences.

State officials approved 31 districts for the funding. The districts' proposed projects had to be approved.

The funding includes about $114 million for Chicago Public Schools, and about $34 million for Peoria schools.