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Quinn comes to college to announce $1.3M grant

July  29, 2013

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn visited Augustana College on Monday to announce $3.1 million in grants to Augustana and other western Illinois institutions, including Knox College and Monmouth College.

The Augustana portion of the grant totals $1,329,319, and supports the interior and exterior renovation of Old Main and the construction of the new Center for Student Life. It is the second installment of a total $4 million commitment to Augustana.

Quinn said funds from the state to private institutions like Augustana help improve education, train the state's workforce, create thousands of construction jobs, attract businesses and spur donors to give their support.

"We are pleased to help these institutions address their needs while creating jobs and moving our economy forward," he said.

Quinn described Augustana as an "educational jewel." 

Augustana President Steve Bahls introduced the governor. "Augustana students are future leaders of our state, and we are grateful for this partnership with the State of Illinois in helping make possible the renovation of Old Main, a 125-year-old landmark that represents the best of traditional, liberal-arts education, and construction of an innovative new Center for Student Life," he said.

Bahls added, "The two structures symbolize our efforts to educate tomorrow's leaders. Thanks to public-private partnership, both buildings will play significant roles in educating students starting this fall and for years to come."

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks at Augustana, announcing a $1.3 million grant. (Augustana Photo Bureau/Daisy Hoang '14)
From left, Gov. Pat Quinn, Augustana President Steve Bahls and Kent Barnds, executive vice president and vice president for enrollment, communication and planning.
Gov. Quinn listens as Augustana Trustee Robert Ontiveros speaks.
President Bahls is interviewed by Ed Tibbets of the Quad City Times, left, and Stephen Elliott of The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus.

Sam Schlouch
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