Illinois, Chicago to Improve Schools, Create Jobs

February 21, 2012

Many parcels of Illinois and Chicago real estate used to educate are about to updated.

On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a $479 million plan that will improve the learning environment across City Colleges’ seven colleges.

Part of the plan includes the construction of a new $251 million Malcolm X College near the United Center that will focus on careers in health care. Emanuel said the project will create up to 2,000 construction jobs and will prepare residents for the expected 84,000 local job openings in healthcare over the next 10 years.

The 500,000-square-foot new campus is expected to open in the spring of 2015.

“Today we prepare for a better future and a thriving Chicago economy by giving Chicagoans access to best-in-class academic facilities to prepare them for careers in fast-growing fields,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The new Malcolm X College will be a beacon of academic and economic opportunity for the entire West Side and all of Chicago.”

Emanuel’s plan will also upgrade campuses over the next five years at Harold Washington, Daley, Olive-Harvey, Wright and Truman Colleges.

Last week, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced that schools districts across the state will receive more than $623 million from Illinois Jobs Now! funds to construct new buildings or expand, repair and update existing ones.

This project will create an estimated 4,000 construction jobs throughout Illinois.

“In order for our students to compete for the jobs of tomorrow, we must ensure they are receiving a quality education in quality school facilities,” Governor Quinn said. “This capital funding will help school districts across the state update their facilities and make critical repairs to improve the educational experience for our students.”

The school districts that will receive funding include:

*Chicago Public Schools District 299, $114.67 million

*St. Charles Community Unit School District 303, $7.66 million

*Wheaton Community Unit School District 200, $14.46 million

*Harvard Community Unit School District 50, $13.81 million

*Peoria School District 150, $34.61 million

*Huntley Consolidated School District 158, $39.41 million

*Orland School District 135, Orland Park, $5.33 million

*Brookfield-LaGrange Park School District 95, $3.11 million

*Crete-Monee School District 201-U, $23.28 million

*Millstadt Consolidated School District 160, $4.29 million

*Knoxville Community Unit School District 202, $20.22 million

*Wilmington Community Unit School District 209-U, $9.28 million

*Berwyn North Elementary District 98, $7.59 million

*Skokie School District 69, $1.32 million

*Burbank School District 111, $9.87 million

*Paris Cooperative High School, $24.22 million

*Homer Community Consolidated School District 33-C, Homer Glen, $4.54 million

*Warren Township High School District 121, Gurnee, $11.53 million

*Spring Valley Elementary District 99, $12.23 million

*Rochelle Community Consolidated School District 231, $12.32 million

*Mt. Vernon Township High School District 201, $47.62 million

*Hazel Crest School District 152.5, $32.22 million

*Calumet Township School District 132, Calumet Park, $12.36 million

*Marion Community Unit School District 2, $56.62 million

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