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For Immediate Release
October 26, 2004

Fast Growth Grants Issued to Districts

Following Governor’s Signing of House Bill 766

Springfield, Ill. –Today, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) issued $10 million in grants to 44 Illinois school districts under the Fast Growth Grants program signed into law by Governor Rod Blagojevich on October 8. The grants help school districts meet the expense of educating quickly growing student populations. Schools can use the funds for any purpose.

“School districts seeing rapid enrollment increases need access to dollars to deal with the increased need for books, supplies and teachers,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “I signed House Bill 766 to help schools to quickly respond to those needs.”

"Growth is an ongoing challenge for our district,” Alan Chapman, Superintendent, McLean County Unit District 5, McLean County. “The additional funds provided by the Fast Growth Grants program will help us to meet unbudgeted additional expenses resulting from growth.”

The Fast Growth Grants are part of this year’s $389 million increase in funding for targeted education programs approved by Governor Blagojevich and General Assembly. Since taking office the Governor has increased education funding each year, bringing the state’s commitment to education this year to nearly $800 million over annual funding levels two years ago. In total, Illinois schools have received more than a billion dollars in new funding since the Governor took office.

ISBE issued checks to 44 school districts in Illinois as follows:

Belvidere Community Unit Schools, Boone County
$ 448,751
Cherry School District 92, Bureau County
4,942
West Harvey-Dixmoor District 147, Cook County
95,720
South Holland District 150, Cook County
72,456
Lemont Township High School District 210, Cook County
117,248
Thornton Fractional District 215, Cook County
168,816
Genoa Kingston District 424, Dekalb County
96,230
Hiawatha District 426, Dekalb County
29,134
Indian Prairie District 204, DuPage County
743,604
Nettle Creek District 24C, Grundy County
8,231
Minooka District 201, Grundy County
200,838
DeSoto District 86, Jackson County
12,595
INA District 8, Jefferson County
9,922
Woodlawn District 205, Jefferson County
13,090
Buncombe District 43, Johnson County
4,279
Aurora West District 129, Kane County
180,978
Community Unit District 300
187,488
Kaneland District 302, Kane County
175,868
St. Charles District 303, Kane County
410,882
Lisbon District 90, Kendall County
14,300
Yorkville District 115, Kendall County
187,869
Oswego District 308, Kendall County
734,794
Beach Park District 3, Lake County
150,716
Big Hollow District 38, Lake County
105,818
Waukegan District 60, Lake County
251,249
Bannockburn District 106, Lake County
13,219
Round Lake District 116, Lake County
483,232
Adlai E. Stevenson District 125, Lake County
257,889
North Chicago District 187, Lake County
255,216
Dimmick District 175, LaSalle County
6,312
Odell District 435, Livingston County
8,368
Huntley District 158, McHenry County
790,482
McLean District 5, McLean County
566,388
Creston District 161, Ogle County
6,838
Monroe District 70, Peoria County
19,555
Brooklyn District 188, St. Clair County
13,265
Central District 51, Tazewell County
50,350
Hoyleton District 29, Washington County
8,178
Jasper District 17, Wayne County
19,479
Troy District 30C, Will County
176,599
Richland District 88A, Will County
181,351
Planfield District 202, Will County
1,948,076
Valley View District 365U, Will County
737,695

Prairie Hill District 133, Winnebago County

31,632

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