Private colleges and universities get help with capital projects

By Denise Jackson

July 29, 2013 Updated Jul 29, 2013 at 10:52 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. --Local private colleges and universities are reaping the benefits of the Illinois Jobs Recovery Act.

Governor Pat Quinn was in Peoria on Monday to announce the state's $4.8 million investment in higher education.

Since its renovation and expansion, Bradley University's Westlake Hall sports a fresh new look and now the $24 million project is getting some help from the state.

Governor Pat Quinn said Bradley, Eureka and Illinois Wesleyan University will share $4.8 million to help with education.

"We want to make sure that we're really good when it comes to science, technology, engineering and math. Folks in Illinois know how to build things, make things and repair things and figure out things. It's important that we educate the next generation for these important missions," he said.

Governor Quinn stopped by Bradley University to make the announcement which he said helps private colleges and universities while also creating construction jobs.

Bradley University officials said the $2.9 million helped them build state of the art classrooms for students.

"We're really grateful for the state donation. It helped go towards a facility that really provides classroom and labs and advanced technology for teachers and health care professionals, " said Bradley Health and Education Dean Joan Sattler.

The Westlake Hall expansion and renovation is one of five construction projects supported by the Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance that concluded last fall.