Illinois State University to receive $9.6M to repair arts buildings

A picture taken on May 6, 2015 shows brushes in the workshop of French painter Gerard Garouste in Marcilly-sur-Eure, on May 6, 2015. An exhibition of his work will be presented at the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul-de-Vence from June 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University is to receive $9.6 million in state money to pay for emergency repairs to its fine arts buildings.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports former Gov. Bruce Rauner released the funds. ISU media relations director Eric Jome says the money will be used for heating, air conditioning, ventilation work and plumbing repairs. Jome called the funding “a nice end-of-term infusion.”

ISU has been waiting a decade for nearly $62 million in state money to tear down the school’s Center for the Visual Arts and Centennial West and build a facility next to Centennial East, where the School of Music and other arts facilities are located. Centennial East would undergo extensive renovations under that project.

Jome says the school remains hopeful for that money to be released.

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