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|Durbin Requests $100K for Orpheum
|It's not as much as was asked for, but an official with Galesburg's Orpheum Theatre says she's happy Senator Dick Durbin kept the theatre in mind when putting together some budget-related requests.
A letter written to the chairs of the Senate's Appropriations and Interior Committees and dated this past Friday, asks for $100,000 in funding for the Orpheum's capital campaign in the 2011 Fiscal Year. Theatre president Kate Francis says she had asked for $300,000, as a sort of match to what has already been contributed by the community.
Francis tells WGIL all things being equal, she's happy with whatever money she can get, given that the Orpheum funding was one of only eight projects Durbin asked the Interior Committee to fund.
"Eight seems like a relatively low number in this economic time to be recommending for federal funding," Francis said. "So, we feel very fortunate to be included in those eight. And, of course, we'd be very grateful for any amount of support that we might get at the federal level."
Francis gave Durbin a tour of the Orpheum in early January when he announced federal funding for Galesburg's proposed three rail crossing grade separations.
The Knox County Civic Center Authority Board will hold a special meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Orpheum to go over the proposals submitted for an energy performance contract for the theatre, as a way to save money on heating and cooling costs while figuring out the best way to replace those systems and make other facility renovations.
(Senator Dick Durbin met with Galesburg, Knox County, and Monmouth officials during a visit to Galesburg January 7. WGIL News Story and File Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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