ISU College of Fine Arts to receive state funding

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Illinois State University will soon have more money for improvements and repairs for the College of Fine Arts (CFA). 

State Sen. Jason Barickman announced that ISU will see more than $3 million for improvements and repairs as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 capital budget approved by lawmakers in late May.

More than $57 million in capital funding was appropriated as part of the current FY 2019 state budget.

“These funds will help ensure Illinois State University remains a premier destination for tomorrow’s leaders,” Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady said. “When we passed the budget in May, thanks to the leadership of Gov. Rauner, we wanted to ensure these long-neglected projects were addressed.”

The funding will go to the CFA to cover essential repairs after the college experienced three significant infrastructure system failures in the last three years, causing severe disruption to operations.

“These failures had a significant negative impact on students and faculty and the scheduling of CFA facilities,” Barickman said. “These funds ensure the college can get back to operating smoothly and seamlessly. Funding is always needed for the most basic repairs and updates, it’s essential that we continue to recognize that such needs will arise and budget accordingly to cover them.”

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