Illinois State University will soon receive a major influx of cash for maintenance work at the Center for the Fine Arts, according to State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and Deputy House Republican Leader Dan Brady (R-Normal).
“It’s good to see that our work has paid off and this long-awaited capital funding has been released,” said Senator Barickman. “This is a great use of capital funds that will help with much needed repairs and updates while providing an important boost to ISU, which is a powerful economic engine for our area.”
“This deferred maintenance money is vitally important to the University to get needed building repairs underway immediately. Securing its release was a cooperative effort of legislators in our area,” said Representative Brady. “Illinois State University still has other maintenance and repair needs to be funded, and I’m looking forward to continuing to work to on behalf of ISU in the new General Assembly.”
According to the two lawmakers, a total of $9.6 million in capital funds has been released by the Governor’s office and is now waiting to be paid by the Comptroller. The funds will be used for maintenance and repair efforts at the Center for the Performing Arts at Illinois State University.
Capital fund requests for state universities are approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. ISU officials had recently listed work on the fine arts building as the highest capital need for the campus. The maintenance plans are part of a larger program that would eventually include new construction. The funding being released will only be used for maintenance, however and not any new construction. Both lawmakers said they will continue efforts to make sure ISU receives the rest of the planned funding.