Illinois Jobs Now Funds Go to Monmouth, Knox, Augie
Three private colleges in this area are getting public money from the State of Illinois.
Governor Pat Quinn travelled to Augustana College in Rock Island yesterday to announce that three-million dollars from the Illinois Jobs Now capital construction program will be divided up among Augustana, Knox, and Monmouth Colleges for various building renovation and improvement projects all three campuses are undertaking. Quinn says there’s nothing wrong with giving out this money, given the improvements he wants all colleges to make.
Monmouth College president Mauri Ditzler, in thanking Senator John Sullivan for his help getting the capital bill passed, said that he, too, think it’s a good use of state money.
Quinn made a similar announcement at another private school, Bradley University, yesterday. But not everyone is thrilled with Quinn’s work. Jeff McKinley, a former Knox College student and Rock Island County State’s Attorney running for 71st District State Representative, said in a press release that Quinn’s visit amounted to, quote, “campaigning and showboating.”