Tax Increase Could Pay for Chicago School Construction

CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel will ask city council members for approval of a $45 million property tax increase that would pay for construction projects at Chicago’s schools. This additional levy would go beyond the one the mayor’s school board raised to deal with the school district’s deficit — which could eventually lead to layoffs if the state doesn’t come through on funding.

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Chicago STEM School Tackles Sustainability Inside and Out

CHICAGO — Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, designed by STR Partners and built by F.H. Paschen/S.N. Nielsen & Associates, both of Chicago, recently received LEED Platinum certification.

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Illinois Schools Receive $400 Million

CHICAGO — The school districts of Illinois will split $400 million for new construction, maintenance projects and renovations as part of the statewide Illinois Jobs Now capital fund.

The funds will be dispersed among 24 school districts with $306 million allotted to school construction, $50 million for maintenance projects, $25 million to alleviate overcrowded classrooms and $20 million will be dedicated to making the state’s schools more energy efficient. The fund may also provide reimbursement for school construction that has already completed.

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