Governor announces grant for Bradley and others

Bob Grimson ’81
July 29, 2013

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn visited Bradley to announce the school received $2.9 million for health science and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education labs and classrooms in the newly renovated Westlake Hall.

The funds are part of the $144 million set aside for the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program this fiscal year. The governor also announced funding for projects at Eureka College and Illinois Wesleyan University. Several central Illinois medical institutions received grants for capital projects.

“These investments will help the schools stay competitive so current and future students make a difference in the world,” Quinn said. “We have leaders here. That’s why it’s important to invest in education. These investments pay dividends.”

Quinn mentioned specialized gears on NASA’s Mars Rover were made by Illinois-based Forest City Gear. He touted the need for increased STEM education as a way to meet the challenges of the future.

“Folks in Illinois, we know how to build things, construct things and figure things out,” Quinn said. “We have to keep building and creating things in Illinois.”

Bradley President Joanne Glasser noted the University was committed to providing quality graduates for Illinois businesses and institutions. She added that state assistance was crucial to the Westlake renovation that was completed in the fall of 2012. “Without the investment by the state, this Westlake Hall expansion and renovation project just simply would not have happened,” Glasser remarked.