commitment to public education, Governor George H. Ryan doubled the
state's program to provide state assistance to helping local school
districts provide modern classroom facilities for their students.
Through his Illinois FIRST program, funding for the school
construction grant program was boosted by $1.2 billion, including an
additional $153 million in the fiscal year that began July 1,1999.
FIRST is an investment in the future of Illinois and in the future of
our children," Ryan said. "With our school construction
program, we are responding to local needs and local initiative."
Construction program was signed into law in December 1997, the first
state-funded building program for local school districts in two
decades. Over five years, the program now will provide $2.5 billion
in state funds for local school construction projects. When matched
with required local funding, the program is expected to total about
$5 billion in new or improved facilities for students in public schools.
of the School Construction Program will be funded through the sale of
General Obligation bonds by the State of Illinois.
Check here for
general information about the School Construction Program, which is
jointly administered by the Capital Development Board and the
Illinois State Board of Education.
Construction Program Rules
These are the
formal rules, approved by the Illinois Joint Committee on
Administrative Rules (JCAR), for the Capital Development Board's
administration of the School Construction Program.
the School Construction Program Staff
CDB staff responsible for administering the School Construction
Program directly via E-mail.