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Sen. Haine praises $23.5 million construction investment for SIU Edwardsville

haine-siueSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) applauded a recently announced investment that allocates $23.5 million to construction projects on SIU Edwardsville’s campus. The investment will help with renovation of an existing science building reconfiguring approximately 80,000 square feet of space, and will complete the construction of a new $81.3 million science center.

The project creates offices, classrooms and laboratories, including upgrading the climate control, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, as well as replacing existing windows with more energy-efficient designs. The finished project will be considered for a LEED Silver designation, a testament to its energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly design.

“It’s important that we continue to invest in higher education in our state, and doing it in a way that is environmentally friendly supplements the benefits for the students and staff,” Sen. Haine said.

Work will begin around the first of October and should be completed by spring 2016. The Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) will manage the construction project.

Manar announces new health center in Decatur

p-manarOn Monday, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) announced an investment of $3 million from the state to build a new community health center in Decatur.

The community health center is planned for the Wabash Crossing neighborhood and will provide greater access to health care for low-income and high-risk patients of Macon County.

“A major factor in successful communities is residents’ access to quality and affordable health care,” Manar said. “This investment not only improves the quality of life for residents who surround the facility, but it will have a positive impact on the entire city and region as a whole.”

The $3 million investment is through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Millions invested for I-74 Mississippi River bridge construction

QC-I74-bridge-jacobsMOLINE – Senator Mike Jacobs announced today a $10 million investment to construct the new I-74 Mississippi River bridge linking Illinois and Iowa in the Quad Cities.

“The region needs this type of investment not only for the good paying jobs it brings, but because the expansion and infrastructure upgrade will lead to economic growth that benefits everyone. I’m proud to advocate for this type of project," Sen. Jacobs said.

The Mississippi River bridge project continues improvements to the roads on the already existing and over-crowded six-lane bridge.

Jacobs advocated for this project as a continuation of his efforts to improve infrastructure and create jobs in the Quad Cities. The project will ease commuting traffic and create more than 5,000 construction jobs through 2020.

The existing bridge will still remain open until the new one is complete.

Manar secures funding to replace damaged fire hydrants

Downtown Charlottesville fire hydrantRWORDEN – Worden city officials recently discovered that 11 fire hydrants in various locations around the city were damaged and needed to be either repaired or replaced. Looking for possible solutions Worden Mayor Preston Hall acted quickly by bringing the problem to the attention of State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).  

“After we identified the problem I sought the advice of Senator Manar,” Mayor Hall said. “He was very responsive to our request for assistance and quickly worked with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to identify an infrastructure grant so we could get repairs underway.”

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