Illinois universities seek $2.14 billion for construction projects

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The Illinois Board of Higher Education is seeking $2.14 billion for construction projects.

Nyle Robinson, interim director of the Board of Higher Education, submitted a list to lawmakers that included $2.14 billion in requests for new construction projects across the state’s higher education systems, The Belleville News-Democrat reports.

The University of Illinois is requesting $722 million, while the Southern Illinois University system needs $412 million with emergency capital needs of $17.7 million.

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The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville requested almost $56 million for new construction and repairs. The university plans to spend $37.5 million to build the Advanced Nursing Clinical Simulation and Applied Health Professions Center in Edwardsville and $14 million for building a dental pediatric surgical clinic, auditorium and classroom space in Alton.

Illinois State University requested $338 million, while Northern Illinois University requested $326 million for 11 projects.

Eastern Illinois University estimated its deferred maintenance needs at $252 million, while Governors State University requested $112 million for the University Park campus.

At the Chicago State University, the request was for $64 million in emergency capital needs and $533 million in total capital needs.

Northeastern Illinois University made a request for $277 million.

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