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Forby passes legislation for school construction grants through Senate

forby siu surplusSPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) that would reappropriate funds from the School Construction Fund and the Capital Development Fund for ongoing school construction and improvements passed through the Illinois Senate Tuesday.
The measure would free up funds for outstanding school construction grants as well as give the Capital Development Board the ability to fund emergency projects.

“We need to ensure our schools have the resources they need to stay up to date,” said Forby. “If schools don’t have the resources to make sure their buildings are up to code, to recover from natural disasters or to enable those with disabilities are access the buildings, then we are not ensuring students have the learning environments they need to excel.”

School construction grants are based on natural disasters, projects to alleviate classroom shortages, and rehabilitate buildings due to safety hazards and to keep buildings up to code for people with disabilities.

“We cannot send kids to schools in buildings that have damage,” Forby added. “This is about making sure our students have the best environment to learn in.”

The legislation would free up funds for schools throughout Illinois, and would make construction funds available for Marion Community Unit School District 2 and Meridian Community Unit School District 101 in the area Forby represents.

The measure passed the Senate with a vote of 53 to 0 and will now go to the House for consideration.

Senator Gary Forby


59th Senate District

Years served:
2001-2003 (House); 2003 - 2017 (Senate)

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Labor (Chairperson); Insurance; Licensed Activities and Pensions; Committee of the Whole. (99th G.A.)

Biography: Born January 4, 1945, in Anna, Illinois. Full-time state legislator; former farmer and businessman; past chairman, Franklin County Board; former member, Franklin - Williamson Human Services Board; current member, Southern Illinois Workforce Man-Tra-Con Board, Operating Engineers and Laborers' International unions.