Illinois Schools to Split $400 Million in Construction Grants

CHICAGO (AP) -- The state is handing out $400 million in grants to help school districts across Illinois construct new buildings and replace outdated energy systems.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the grants Thursday.

He says the money is part of the Illinois Jobs Now capital construction program, a $31 billion effort aimed at improving infrastructure and creating jobs.

The funds include $89 million for Chicago Public Schools.

Twenty-three other districts also will get money.

Quinn is a Chicago Democrat. He says children can't concentrate on learning if they're in a school that crumbling.


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