Founders Day observances at Illinois State University received a visit from Governor Pat Quinn.
Quinn rang the Old Main bell and made a long hoped for release of $7.5 million to plan a new College of Fine Arts Complex.
"We believe in the arts. They stir the soul.
The entire project will be $54 million. Improving or replacing the facility has been a dream of the last five University presidents and current President Al Bowman says lawmakers approved the funding several years ago in a $31 billion capitol bill.
"We recognize that the dollars to pay the bonds on these kinds of projects largely will come from videogaming. These projects unfortunately had to stand in line. And I think we're finally getting some movement there."
Bowman says the start of construction is still at least two years away with completion in four or five years. He says the current complex gets a lot of use and planning has begun to relocate faculty, staff, and classrooms to other places on campus including two decommissioned residence halls.
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