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|Galesburg Gets More Federal Money for School Sidewalks
|Even though the Galesburg City Council was essentially forced to turn down money for a sidewalk near one school last year, the federal government is still coming through with money for more sidewalks at other schools.
Governor Pat Quinn's office Wednesday announced the awarding of nearly $14-million in grants under the federal "Safe Routes to School" program -- and the Galesburg School District was one of several in the area to receive dollars.
Quinn's office says District-205 and the City will receive nearly $100,000 to construct sidewalks around Churchill and Lombard Junior High Schools, along with Cooke, Gale, Steele, Silas Willard, and Nielsen Elementary Schools, in addition to Galesburg Christian School.
Those schools, and King Elementary School, will also get another $97,000 for flashing crosswalk signs like one near Knox College on South Street, and for speed radar signs.
The Galesburg City Council rejected a $300,000 Safe Routes grant officials wanted to apply for last year that would have constructed sidewalks around Gale School, after residents claimed the sidewalks wouldn't be used and wouldn't keep kids safe.
The Safe Routes to School program, the state says, helps encourage walking or biking to school, in part, as a way to combat childhood obesity.
400 applications for funding in the program statewide were received totaling $28-million -- less than half were actually funded.
You can find out what other regional projects were funded by going to www.dot.il.gov/saferoutes/saferouteshome.aspx.
|08 06 09 by Newsroom
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