A member of the ISU Board of Trustees is congratulating the University at finally gaining part of the money for the long awaited Fine Arts Complex reconstruction. Bob Dobski says it's wonderful news. ISU has been waiting for about $7.5 million in planning money from the state to kick off the $54 million project. ISU President Al Bowman is less definite than Dobski.
"The Governor's office is close to making an announcement on that project. And we're not certain exactly when the announcement will be made or if the governor will come to campus to make the announcement, but we've extended the invitation."
Nearly a decade ago, then Governor Rod Blagojevich came to campus, expressed support for the project, and promised money soon. Now, Governor Quinn is apparently in a position to fufil the badly needed facility replacement.
"It would involve tearing down CVA and Centennial West and Rehabbing Centennial East. The original design of the buildings did not envision their current usage."
Bowman says the existing fine arts area has also deteriorated over the years. Revenue from video poker licenses is expected to fund the capital bill that includes the project.
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