CARBONDALE – The Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) Friday announced over $4.3 million has been released for the replacement of sewer line, repairs to the campus streamline, and tunnel at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Officials said in a release the funding will help address deferred maintenance projects on the campus that were “stalled due to a lack of investment by previous administrations.”
The renovations are made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker’s bipartisan capital plan (Rebuild Illinois). CDB will oversee the project’s renovation under the protocol for state-appropriated capital projects.
“It is the duty of elected officials to provide young people with the tools and resources they need to shape their future and achieve their dreams,” Governor JB Pritzker said. “With funding from the Rebuild Illinois capital plan, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale will be able to complete long-needed maintenance work, further cementing its place as a world-class institution that excels in preparing talented students for the careers of tomorrow.”
“I am thankful for the State of Illinois’ initiative to address the overdue maintenance of universities and colleges,” CDB Executive Director Jim Underwood said. “The Rebuild Illinois capital plan is essential for upgrading and improving facilities throughout the state, and it’s a privilege to have an investment of this magnitude.”
“Just like the important background work our faculty and staff do to ensure academic programs and support services meet the needs of our students, there exists an entire level of infrastructure buried in the ground or hidden behind walls that ensures our facilities operate at full capacity. Thanks to the commitment of our SIU System legislative delegation and the leadership of Governor Pritzker through Rebuild Illinois, these ‘behind the scenes’ improvements will ensure the Carbondale campus is ready to support the needs of our growing student body for many years to come,” said SIU System President Dan Mahony said.
“Today’s announcement of infrastructure funding to Southern Illinois University Carbondale is the type of project we were all thankful to see addressed in the Rebuild Illinois capital plan. The critical services provided by Illinois’ higher education system necessitates that we maintain the facilities properly, and a new sewer network throughout the entire campus will help ensure the uninterrupted longevity of the institution,” State Sen. Terri Bryant (R–Murphysboro) said.